2006 Judge’s Selection

Stronghold™ Veterinary Pet Care Awards 2006

 

Organised by Pfizer Animal Health

in association with Hill’s Pet Nutrition Ltd & the Irish Veterinary Journal

Judge’s Selection

 

The National Stronghold Veterinary Pet Care Awards invites pet owners and members of the public to submit nominations by writing about the care and work of their veterinary teams.

 

This year nominations were received about a wide variety of pets and animals.  Stories were written by pet owners as well as by rescue centres and animal welfare organizations.   Nominations were received for individual veterinarians; for veterinary nurses and support staff; and for entire veterinary practices.

 

The following is a selection of nominations received from members of the public for 2006,  which the judges feel give a flavour for the very real stories behind the Awards.  These are presented in alphabetical order (by county) with an index preceeding the full stories.  The order of presentation in no way relates to the results of the 2006 Awards.

 

The names and personal details of the pet owners who submitted the nominations have deliberately not been included here.  Media enquiries to Progress Communications tel 01-2766117 or  email info@progresspr.ie

 

Index to Judge’s Selection

 

 

CARLOW

 

Veterinarian nominated:
Tom Spillane, Tullow Road Veterinary Practice, Tullow Road, Carlow Tel 059-9130988

 “Just recently I was faced with the painful decision to put one of my beloved cats to sleep.   I can honestly say from the bottom of my heart that only for Tom Spillane’s gentle way of handling this terrible situation and his reassurance that I was doing the right thing, helped me through this painfull time.”

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Caroline, Tullow Road Veterinary Practice, Tullow Road, Carlow Tel 059-9130988

“I bought Gonzy a few weeks ago from an individual who was advertising as a breeder – he told me the pup had a bit of kennel cough when I bought them but it was easily cured.  When I brought her to Caroline the following day she confirmed that poor Gonzy in fact had mange & started treating her straight away, Gonzy was 7 weeks old at the time….”

CAVAN

 

Veterinarians nominated:

Els Delaney & Finbar Kiernan, Cavan Pet Clinic, Drumalee, Cavan  Tel 049-4373839
 “Having two Great Danes and a Labrador can be quite a handful at the best of times! but when they get sick it can be really tough, especially as the dogs are so attached to us. Having no children of our own yet, these are our kids!!! ……..At the beginning of the year my elderly aunt’s dog had to be put to sleep & the way this was handled by Els was very professional & compassionate to this little old lady, whose dog was her life.”

CLARE

 

Veterinarian nominated:

PJ O’Driscoll, Summerhill Veterinary Centre, Ennis, Co. Clare Tel 065-6828215

…”the practice also does unsung voluntary work for the Clare Animal Shelter, and cares for the pets of elderly and homeless people, often with little or no charge.”

Veterinarian nominated:

PJ O’Driscoll, Summerhill Veterinary Centre, Ennis, Co. Clare Tel 065-6828215

“Being a vet isn’t a job to him, it’s a passion and I think the veterinary profession are very lucky to have him in the clinic.   A vet who can make an animal’s life either coming in to the world or ending their life, such a healing at tender moments, has already won awards many times over in my heart.”

 

Veterinarian nominated:

PJ O’Driscoll, Summerhill Veterinary Centre, Ennis, Co. Clare Tel 065-6828215

“PJ is involved with the Clare Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for the last 27 or so years and we cannot thank him enough….”

 

CORK

 

Vet nominated: Michael Ryan, Vet nurse nominated, Lisa O’Donovan, Abbeyville Vetrinary Hospital, Togher Road, Cork   Tel 021-4317019
”Even though Sheba is a very much loved and spoilt cat, it was not until she got sick that I realised how much she meant to me and my family as I had always taken her for granted….. 

 

Veterinary nurse nominated:

Lisa O’Donovan, Abbeyville Vetrinary Hospital, Togher Road, Cork   Tel 021-4317019
”….the one consistent feature is Lisa. She is always kinds, patient and helpful, beyond the call of duty really by today’s standards.”

 

Veterinarian nominated:

John O’Mahony, Animal Care Hospital, 14 The Fingerpost, Douglas, Cork   Tel 021-4893033

Max got knocked down and broke the two bones in his leg and took a blow to the head….John dropped everything to put Max back together……  He has come out to our home when Max was fitting, whether after a tennis match and once, on his way to a dinner in his tux !!!

…We know that but for Dr. John, I wouldn’t have Max beside me as I write this, he wouldn’t have been beside me through secondary school and the long cold nights during college.  I believe he is my lucky charm …!”

 

Veterinarian nominated:

John O’Mahony, Animal Care Hospital, 14 The Fingerpost, Douglas, Cork   Tel 021-4893033

“…we were very lucky in that it was quite dry for the week and we managed to achieve 7 days before he got to grips with the bandage….”

 

Veterinarian nominated, Fachtna Collins, Vet nurse nominated Jennifer Carroll, Bantry Veterinary Clinic, 17 Dromleigh, Bantry, Co. Cork     Tel 027-53638

“I was so nervous.  My dog means a lot to me, he is my life…..They reassured me every step of the way, helped me when the dog needed help and supported me….  

And the poor nurse had to dress my dog’s leg every day as he kept eating it off….”

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Fachtna Collins, Bantry Veterinary Clinic, 17 Dromleigh, Bantry, Co. Cork     Tel 027-53638

I have a range of animals from a hyperactive dog to hamsters and reptiles, and no matter what the problem is with any of them, the whole team are on hand for help and advice….”

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Shane Guerine, Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital, Vicars Road, Togher, Cork  Tel:  021 4962799
”…she was so young (only 6 weeks at this time) he told us that there was a chance he could correct the problem but it was something that he had never done before. We decided to put our trust in him and go through with the surgery. “

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Conor Goold, Macroom Veterinary Clinic, Macroom, Co Cork   Tel 026-41091

“Time is never a problem with Conor.  The animal comes first….

He had told me that Rolo’s time was limited and it gave me that time with her to do all the little things I wanted to do. ..”

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Richard Healy, Westside Veterinary Hospital, Unit 19 Westside Centre , Model Farm Road, Cork city
Tel 021 4343503
”Richard tenderly gave him his injections and made sure that he didn’t feel pain during the procedure….Richard settled Tic Tac into a sleeping position, placing his front paw over his eye and on his nose….Tic Tac was at rest in a sleeping position and this made the burial all the more bearable for us…”

DONEGAL
Veterinary Practice nominated:

St. Elmo Veterinary Clinic, Craig, Muff, Co. Donegal – including team members Barbara Shaw, Cathy & Helena    Tel  074-9384411

Her diagnosis was spot on.  She said he had a cervical disc prolapse….

 

DUBLIN

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Susan Barry, Anicare Veterinary – Blanchardstown Veterinary Hospital, 2 The Mews, Main Street, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15   Tel 01-6409010
I got Bailey at a rescue centre in Kilkenny. When I got him he was nervous of everything and everyone and today he still runs away when he sees a black bag or people he doesn’t know….

Veterinary Practice nominated:

Anicare – Botanic Veterinary Hospital, 183 Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 – contact Michael Hatton Tel 01-8375543

”One evening when I returned from work, Abu was huddled in his cardboard box bed in our bedroom, shaking. It was after surgery hours but I was very worried about him….Abu had been struck by a car.. ”

 

Veterinarian nominated

Sydney Nagle, The Animal Clinic, Ashtown, Dublin 7   Tel 01-8383003
While walking by the canal close to our house on the May Bank holiday last year we discovered a plastic bag with 6 pups only a few hours old….
Veterinary Practice nominated:

Animal Clinic, Ashtown House, River Road, Castlkenock, Dublin 15 – contact Rosemary Elliott –

Tel 01 8383003

The practice always had a wonderful working ethos. No matter how busy it was, no matter, how stressed everyone was, each animal received the highest standard of care that the practice could offer. Time was always found for a kiss and a cuddle and extra care and attention for the animals…
Veterinarian nominated:

Eamonn M. Moore, Blackrock Vet Clinic, 5 Proby Square, Blackrock, Co. Dublin  Tel 01 2889641
”She was my first pet as a child and was a very special friend to me always . …..Eamon understood my cat and was very gentle on that day as he put her to sleep  – he whispered in her ear and reassured me that everything was for the best . He asked the other people waiting to be patient as he wanted to give me time with my cat in her final moments.  I will never forget how compassionate he was and still is to this day. . ”

 

Veterinary Practice nominated:

Blackrock Veterinary Clinic, 5 Proby Square, Carysford Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin – contact vet Eamonn Moore & vet nurse Melanie – Tel: Tel 01 2889641

”Nothing is too much to ask, everything is explained in plain English, they are never too busy to answer any concerns you may have and never rush you because there is a full waiting room.  The love and kindness shown to all of the 4 dogs is second to none….” 

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Denis Shannon, Bull Wall Veterinary Practice, 24 Conquer Hill Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3

Tel  01 8531260
”I was due to return to Dublin on a Saturday and he offered to open his surgery on the Sunday morning, so that Penny had time to say goodbye to my extended family on the Saturday night, before going to sleep on Sunday morning. I will never forget his kindness on that occasion…”.

 

Veterinary Practice nominated:

Treanor Glynn & Walsh, 114 Lower Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin – contact vet Kevin Glynn

Tel 2802041 / 2780480
”……….Over the course of 24 hours Poppy had gone from being our gorgeous (she is known in close family circles as the “Angelina Jolie” of dogs), lively pet to a very sick little dog who couldn’t stand, was shuddering with each breath and was totally incontinent, there was something terribly wrong but we had no idea what had caused these symptoms….

Poppy is (my son’s) dog and he loves her more than anything in the world….He has no brothers or sisters and all the love he would have had for a sibling is bestowed upon this little dog…”

 

Veterinarian Practice nominated:

Treanor Glynn & Walsh, Veterinary Hospital, 33 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin – contact vet Paddy Treanor    Tel 01 2802041
”… our little friend was sent on his way in peace and dignity…”

 

Veterinarian Practice nominated:

Treanor Glynn & Walsh, Veterinary Hospital, 33 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin – contact vet Paddy Treanor    Tel 01 2802041
Mr Treanor is gifted in his dealing with animals.  My dog is very nervous, but is perfectly happy when being cared for by Mr. Treanor.   Mr Treanor is kind, caring and compassionate….

 

KERRY

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Anita Connolly, Ark Clinic, Killarney, Co Kerry Tel 064-36644
” My dad was in a very bad car accident that left him in hospital for 2 months on the flat of his back.  When he came home, he stayed with me for a few weeks to get his strength back and to learn to walk again. My dad loves animals….most of all he missed his “pet dog” Jessie.  He used to take her everywhere with him. 

One evening, I got a call from my brother that dad’s dog Jessie had eaten rat poison and was near death….

When I brought Jessie home, you should have seen my dad’s face, it was the picture of happiness and the sparkle returned to his eyes……” 

 

Veterinary Practice nominated:

Treacy & Sheehan Animal Health Centre, 25 Market Street, Listowel, Co. Kerry – contact vet Paul Treacy and vet nurses Ann, Gina & Helena   Tel 068-21377

So how does my veterinary team qualify to be regarded as the best ?  The most essential criteria, I feel for me anyway, is simply that the concern and well being of the animal, whatever it may be, comes first ..

I cannot express enough to you, what it feels like, knowing that your “little friend” as old as she is, will be cared for as if she were a puppy…

 

Veterinary Practice nominated:

Treacy & Sheehan Animal Health Centre, 25 Market Street, Listowel, Co. Kerry – contact vet Paul Treacy and vet nurses Ann, Gina & Helena   Tel 068-21377

When she finally passed on he told us to bring in Sam to say goodbye to her so he would know she was gone and not to be searching for her….

 

KILDARE

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Andrew Doona, Athy Veterinary Hospital, Gallowshill, Athy, Co Kildare

My then 15 month female black lab cross was badly injured on the road outside our house.  I heard a loud bang followed by a long series of agonised yelps…

I didn’t think it was our dog until I got to the scene.  I thought the fence was secure.  She had managed to drag herself to the grass verge beside the gate.  The car didn’t stop…

 

KILKENNY

 

Veterinarian nominated Berndatte Kenny & vet nurse Aileen, Callan Veterinary Hospital, Mill Street, Callan, Co Kilkenny

I was back sooner than I thought, as my poor little wonder dog (who is not street wise) managed to escape out of the back garden and on to the street and under a car, I really thought my Molly was gone forever…

 

LAOIS

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Tom Spillane, Vet Care, Shopping Centre, Portlaoise, Co. Laois   Tel 057 8664841
”I proceeded to bawl my eyes out in the surgery room because I didn’t want to let her go off on her own to get an operation.  I felt like such an eejit after but just couldn’t help the waterworks….” 

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Tom Spillane, Vet Care, Shopping Centre, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Tel 057 8664841
” I was present to give my friend support, but I really could see just how kind and patient Tom really is in a situation like this.  He gave my friend all the time she needed talking to her and explaining everything….”  

 

LEITRIM

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Paula Bergeson, Quinn Veterinary,  Gortfadda, Mohill, Co Leitrim

The fact that the is still bounding about at 21 years is due to them….

 

LIMERICK

 

Veterinarian nominated:

John O’Dwyer, John O’Dwyer Veterinary, 22 Henry Street, Limerick  Tel 061-314203

My owner found me when I was 3 months old.  She pulled my head out of a bag of chips outside Claire’s Accessories in Cruise’s Street in Limerick on the 7th March, three or so years ago….

 

MAYO

 

Veterinary nurse nominated:

Elisha Fahy, Hanaghan Veterinary Hospital, Main Street, Ballyvary, Co. Mayo

Tel 094 92 89007
”Sarson was referred to a specialist in Dublin and because I had no means of transport Elisha switched days off work and brought both of us to the appointment…”

 

MEATH

 

Veterinary Practice Nominated

Duleek Veterinary Hospital, 27 Ashbourne Road, Duleek, Co. Meath – contact Seamus Dardis
Tel 041-9882881
”Very often these calls are in the twilight hours following full moons, tidal surges and storm conditions and they show up cheerfully and sleepily, when it would be all too easy to leave the phone off the hook!..

Apart from seals and more seals, the ‘sanctuary’ name attracts other orphans and refugees of the wild and domestic animal worlds and so they additionally end up treating or supporting feral cats, dumped kittens, and occasional exotics….”

 

ROSCOMMON

 

Veterinary Practice nominated

All Creatures Veterinary, Lanesboro Street, Roscommon – contact Catherine or James

Tel  090- 66 26898
”Elvis was an abused donkey and he has a great fear of the farrier who found it impossible to trim his hooves. …His gentle approach has really helped the donkey to trust humans again and now he feels much more secure and happy to have his treatment. …”

 

TIPPERARY

 

Veterinary Practice nominated:

Southview Veterinary Hospital, Irishtown, Clonmel, Co Tipperary – contact vet Alan Ahearn

Tel 052-21429 / 21712

I took him to Alan thinking he had an upset tummy.  Alan said he felt it was more serious and did some tests and scans, which unfortunately showed a tumour……Chevy had surgery next day.  The cancer was rampant and he had to be put to sleep.  My husband and I were devastated at the loss of a much loved pet …

 

Veterinary Practice nominated:

Southview Veterinary Hospital, Irishtown, Clonmel, Co Tipperary – contact Sarah Jane Weissenbach

Tel 052-21429 / 21712

She recently became a surrogate mother to four abandoned puppies.   Sarah Jane had to bottle feed these puppies every two hours, even during the night, even though she suffered many sleepness nights, she was still her usual pleasant self….

 

Veterinary Practice nominated:

Southview Veterinary Hospital, Irishtown, Clonmel, Co Tipperary – contact vet Alan Ahearn

Tel 052-21429 / 21712

…I thought that this would be the last time I would see my Blackie and was worried sick.  I went to work as normal but couldn’t get much work done that day….

We were informed and involved in every step of the way with Blackie’s illness and recovery.  Alan and his team really care about animals…We were allowed access to Blackie while recovering from her operation.  This was very important to us and Blackie.  For Blackie it meant that she was not going to be abandoned again….

 

Veterinary Practice nominated:

Southview Veterinary Hospital, Irishtown, Clonmel, Co Tipperary – contact Sarah

Tel 052-21429 / 21712

”Earlier in the summer, Garbo walked into the kitchen with a badly broken leg.  We had no idea how it had happened but presumed she must have been hit by a car.  Even though it was just after surgery hours and I live 8 miles from Clonmel, when I rang and explaned what had happened I was told to come right in with the cat. …”

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Jer Clancy, Suirside Veterinary Clinic, Carrick on Suir, Co. Tipperary

Tel 051-641644

I breed, rear and show Irish wolfhounds which are a specialist breed and belong in the large breed category.  In addition to this, they can have a very short life span…

..Care…Always delivered to a very high professional standard accompanied with a courteous welcome and smile…..When we have had very sick hounds he is always there in the background ready with his advice and support no matter what time of the day or night, even though he may have seen that hound but a few short hours ago.  The telephone reply is always the same, ah sure bring him/her down I will take a look anyway…

 

WATERFORD

 

Veterinary Practice nominated:

City Vets, Matties Hill, Waterford City – contact Nuala   Tel 051 371155
”An elderly Great Dane is not a good candidate for surgery and Nuala, in common with her collegues in this practice, showed great skill, but more than this, she showed genuine compassion for an ill old dog and her tearful owner. …”

 

Veterinary Practice nominated

Riverside Veterinary, Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford – contact Pat Morrissey

Tel 058-44476
 ”Last November, our dog Triggs became very ill. We thought he was going to die……Pat did a few tests & phoned us the next morning to say Triggs had cancer. ….Thanks to Pat & Dónal & Helen, Triggs pulled through & is alive & healthy. We live 30 miles from Dungaravan but go there for all our petcare needs, purely because of the caring & expert service we always receive. Even when Triggs was brought in for grooming last month, he recognised where he was going & had an extra spring in his step……”

 

WEXFORD

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Richard Bramley, Gubbins & O’Shea Veterinary, Distillery Road, Wexford

Tel 053-9145755
”.. My mother’s old dog recently had to be put to sleep by Richard…”

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Richard Bramley, Gubbins & O’Shea Veterinary, Distillery Road, Wexford

Tel 053-9145755
Richard Bramley is an outstanding vet and also the perfect gentleman…..Please acknowledge Richard for his dedication and professionalism and his amazing ability to care so deeply about animals and give them the very best treatment….

 

Veterinary Practice nominated:

Gubbins & O’Shea Veterinary, Distillery Road, Wexford – vets Dan Gubbins & Richard Bramley

Tel 053-9145755
”…We had only had him for about 5 days, when he got a severe viral infection and almost died….    

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Liam Walsh,  Fernwood, Bree, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford    Tel 053-9247603

..He has a way with the children who really do own the dog and they can be anxious about their pet but he puts them at ease by explaining what’s happening….

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Liam Walsh,  Fernwood, Bree, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford    Tel 053-9247603

…He had to carry out a caesarean section on her during the night.  He delivered eight beautiful puppies…

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Liam Walsh,  Fernwood, Bree, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford    Tel 053-9247603

…Liam Walsh has been doing the veterinary work for my dairy herd for over 15 years….

Recently Liam treated my dog’s damaged leg in the afternoon and he rang me late that night to see how he was doing…

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Liam Walsh,  Fernwood, Bree, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford    Tel 053-9247603

I did a year of work experience with Liam. …

All of my many questions regarding animal health and ailments were answered patiently. I got great hands on experience and now have my mind made firmly up on my chosen career path….

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Natasha Nowacki, Moyne Veterinary, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

Tel 087-2211017

Last year, she rescued a wolf [hybrid] single handedly from a river at 10 o clock at night in the dark.  He was tied to a concrete block and she was the vet on call and saved him by wading into a flooded river in the dark of winter….

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Annette Quegan, The Pet Vet, Kerlogue Business Park Wexford & Ring Road, New Ross

Tel: 053- 9126523

I’m the proud and often confused owner of four mad, but very wonderful dogs.  The trials and tribulations that we’ve been through are so numerous that even I wonder how we survived them all….

Squashed by cows, caught in gates, mites, cysts, neuterings, jabs, dental work, on and on it goes…

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Annette Quegan, The Pet Vet, Kerlogue Business Park Wexford & Ring Road, New Ross

Tel: 053- 9126523

Figgie, our oldest dog, a 12 year old Gordon setter/collie cross has been suffering the effects of old age…

……she gave him back the joy of living…

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Annette Quegan, The Pet Vet, Kerlogue Business Park Wexford & Ring Road, New Ross

Tel: 053- 9126523

Billy was very quiet.  Unusually quiet.  We went for a drive and when we came home, Billy had his face to the wall and was listless…..I knew he was very sick.  It was 8.45 on a Sunday night….

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Annette Quegan, The Pet Vet, Kerlogue Business Park Wexford & Ring Road, New Ross

Tel: 053- 9126523

”Pooky has gone from strength to strength and is back dropping dead mice on my pillow in the middle of the night! I remain eternally grateful…”

 

WICKLOW

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Bairbre O’Malley, Kilmaintain Place, Bray, Co. Wicklow

….my soon to be husband and myself found a 9 week old terrier cross pup abandoned on the road….”

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Alan Rossiter, Blacklion Pet Hospital, Greystones, Co. Wicklow  Tel 01- 2875283

I was heartbroken.  I had lost my best friend.  Alan and his team were wonderful to me……

He came to my home later that evening and helped dig the grave.  He then wrapped Bengie in his blanket and buried him….

 

Judge’s Selection

2006 Stronghold Veterinary Pet Care Awards

 

CARLOW

 

Veterinarian nominated:
Tom Spillane, Tullow Road Veterinary Practice, Tullow Road, Carlow Tel 059-9130988
Reason for Nomination:

 

I would like to nominate my veterinary team.  Their names are Kevin Maher, Andrew Doona, Tom Spillane, Caroline and Simon.   They are all outstanding in their quality of care and kindness given to my pets.   I also look after rescued cats and kittens and the very same quality of care and kindness is given to these little animals that have no owners.  The whole team in my estimation are outstanding.

 

I would really like to nominate my veterinary vet.  I suppose everyone has a favourite vet and mine is Tom Spillane.  Because he is the one I know the longest and down through the years has always shown pure dedication and gentleness and kindness whenever my pets need care.   Not only to the pets that are so important to me, but also great kindness has been given to me with that extra mile that Tom always goes.  He will leave you very reassured how your pet is doing and explains everything in great detail.

 

If you have to leave your pet in the hospital you can be sure that follow up phone calls will be made to you as to how your pet is doing.   Just recently I was faced with the painful decision to put one of my beloved cats to sleep.   I can honestly say from the bottom of my heart that only for Tom Spillane’s gentle way of handling this terrible situation and his reassurance that I was doing the right thing, helped me through this painfull time.

 

I could go on and on.  Thank you Tullow Road Vets for being such a great team.  A special thank you to Tom for being such a kind and gentle vet.

 
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Veterinarian nominated:

Caroline, Tullow Road Veterinary Practice, Tullow Road, Carlow Tel 059-9130988
Reason for Nomination:

 

I would like to nominate Caroline as she was fantastic with my little pup “Gonzy” – I bought gonzy a few weeks ago from an individual who was advertising as a breeder – he told me the pup had a bit of kennel cough when I bought them but it was easily cured.
When I brought her to Caroline the following day she confirmed that poor Gonzy in fact had mange & started treating her straight away, Gonzy was 7 weeks old at the time and just taken away from the litter so quite scared, Caroline was brilliant with her and took great care of her.

I have been going back to the Caroline for the past 6 weeks now getting the course of mite injections for Gonzy as well as parvo/distemper & her 7 in 1 innoculations – the more I went the more aware Gonzy was that there were injections to come and she wasn’t too impressed going in but Caroline was fantastic with her.

She was also great when I rang in panicked after hours after her first injections, I thought the Mange mites were crawling out, thankfully it was just fleas & Caroline advised me what to get to cure them.

After I learned that Gonzy had mange (& fleas AND worms!) I reported the ‘breeder’ to the RSPCA who subsequently raided his premises rescueing 23 dogs, 5 pups a dog & a  horse.

 

Caroline was very helpful & agreed to cooperate with the RSPCA in reporting Gonzy’s diagnosis should they have needed to contact her.

I have another dog (a collie cross) and had been taking her to another vet’s in town & found them uncaring & very business like in their approach to treating both my dog & in their communications or lack thereof with me despite the fact that she was in for a relatively major operation.

I found all the staff in Tullow Road Vet clinic to be fantastic & it has restored my faith in vets again!

My apologies that I do not know Caroline’s surname but I’m pretty sure that she’s the only vet there by the same name.

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CAVAN

 

Veterinarians nominated:

Els Delaney & Finbar Kiernan, Cavan Pet Clinic, Drumalee, Cavan  Tel 049-4373839

Reason for Nomination:

 

Having two Great Danes and a Labrador can be quite a handful at the best of times! but when they get sick it can be really tough, especially as the dogs are so attached to us. Having no children of our own yet, these are our kids!!!

At the beginning of the year my elderly aunt’s dog had to be put to sleep & the way this was handled by Els was very professional & compassionate to this little old lady, whose dog was her life.

My own dogs have been with Cavan Pet Clinic since 2002. They’ve had their ups & downs during this time but the last six weeks, in particular, have been quite tough. My Labrador, Prince, cut an artery in his nose & also had to have a biopsy for a growth over his ribs. The care & attention he received from Els was second to none.

My Great Dane, Zeus, had an irritable bowel problem & then when that cleared up, he began to urinate blood. Between the two dogs this was a very stressful time for us and a lot of out of hours calls for our vets. Finbar had no problem coming to us out of hours, when after we learned, he had just brought his wife to hospital. Els, on the other hand made it her business, even on her weekend off, to come to my husband to enquire about Zeus, as soon as she heard he was sick. This in my opinion is true dedication.

Finbar & Els seem to be the only two vets able to handle Zeus with ease as he is SO BIG and somewhat “highly Strung”.

I would like to nominate Finbar Kiernan & Els Delaney from Cavan Pet Clinic as their Care, Expertise & Professionalism is second to none in all the dealings we’ve had with them since 2002. They are thorough, kind, explain options and even out of hours try not to keep you waiting too long. A very dedicated team who deserve to be recognised.

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CLARE

 

 

Veterinarian nominated:

PJ O’Driscoll, Summerhill Veterinary Centre, Ennis, Co. Clare Tel 065-6828215
Reason for Nomination:

 

All vets in the practice are helpful, and will spend any amount of time discussing your pets’ problem. Importantly, they also have a sense of humour, especially P.J, and Owen, -needed in my case as one of my G.S.D,s would make Osama Bin Laden look like a social worker!
Also on two occasions in the 14 years we have been with the practice, P.J has been out to our home to put elderly dogs down, to spare them the trauma of being euthanised at the vet surgery, and he never makes a charge for this, his principle being that he will not make money from a person’s sadness.They are genuine people as well as being good vets, and throughly deserve recgnition.
Additionally the practice also does unsung voluntary work for the Clare Animal Shelter, and cares for the pets of elderly and homeless people, often with little or no charge.

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Veterinarian nominated:

PJ O’Driscoll, Summerhill Veterinary Centre, Ennis, Co. Clare Tel 065-6828215

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

I would like to nominate vet PJ O’Driscoll of Summerhill Veterinary Clinic, Summerhill, Ennis, Co Clare.

 

On many occasions, I have to call upon the services of PJ at all hours of the day and night.  He has been exceptionally good and willing to give his service in any way he can.   His kindness, care and attention are exceptional.   He never lets me down.

 

He has played a vital role for me by way of superb care and attention to many various dogs and for always being available whenever required.  He is outstanding at what he does and he really deserves a nomination.

 

Being a vet isn’t a job to him, it’s a passion and I think the veterinary profession are very lucky to have him in the clinic.   A vet who can make an animal’s life either coming in to the world or ending their life, such a healing at tender moments, has already won awards many times over in my heart.

 

It would be a joy for me to see this kind, professional and deeply compassionate man achieve public recognition and the applause he so wholeheartedly deserves.

 

This is the only opportunity I am ever going to get to replay PJ for his kindness, so I hope you will give PJ O’Driscoll a good chance for the award for 2006.

 

My thanks to PJ as he is an extra special vet

 

– Co. Clare dog warden Frankie Coote, Dog Pound, Gort Road Industrial Estate, Gort Raod, Ennis, Co Clare.

 

 

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Veterinarian nominated:

PJ O’Driscoll, Summerhill Veterinary Centre, Ennis, Co. Clare Tel 065-6828215

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

The Clare Society for the Prevention to Cruelty to Animals would like to nominate our vet, PJ O’Driscoll of Summerhill Veterinary Clinic, Ennis, Co Clare.

 

PJ’s kindness and commitment to animal welfare stretches far beyond that of his clients and his practice where he always seems to be in the process of treating and rehoming a wide variety of animals that pass through his hands.   He is patient and compassionate and we believe he is most deserving of the Award.

 

His qualities include courtesy, efficiency and the compassion and concern for all animals both large and small on behalf of our Society.    Our Society would be lost without him.  He is one in a million.  He is one of the best vets we know for his care and attention to animals.  His kindness and understanding cannot be measured.

 

We have found PJ to be the very best and a credit to his profession.  PJ is involved with the Clare Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for the last 27 or so years and we cannot thank him enough.

 

He neuters animals introduced to him through the Society at a special rate.  He always manages to fit these operations into his busy schedule without question, even at times outside of his own work in his veterinary practice.  After the operations, he will look after the animal and he will advise about the cat or dog’s general health.

 

He also helps out in trying to find homes for unwanted puppies/ kittens.  He is genuinely concerned about what is best for the animal.

 

A lot of the animals put by him are often very bad cruelty cases and the animals are in a lot of pain.  PJ will go out of his way to restore the animal to his/ her full health.  He will do his best to avoid pain and discomfort for the animal by the way he handles them, which immediately puts the animal at ease.  Many of the animals that have been treated go on to live for a couple of more years of enjoyment of their life with their owners or new owners, thanks to the treatment of PJ.

 

Not only attending all of the animals put by him and the occasional veterinary treatment which can be very costly and can all add up, PJ is very aware of our financial situation  and is and has been very good to our Society and we are sure has been out of pocket on many occasions in the past.

 

PJ is such a good person, we strongly believe that he deserves recognition for his work.  This is an opportunity that our Society can give to repay PJ for his kindness and so we hope that you will give PJ O’Driscoll a good chance of the Award, as we feel that PJ would be a very worthy recipient of a Stronghold Veterinary Pet Care Award for 2006.

 

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CORK

 

Vet nominated: Michael Ryan, Vet nurse nominated, Lisa O’Donovan, Abbeyville Vetrinary Hospital, Togher Road, Cork   Tel 021-4317019

Reason for Nomination:

 

I would like to nominate Michael Ryan for individual Vet as in February 2006 my Cat Sheba got sick and went downhill very quickly – in her 12 years it was her 1st time ever getting sick and needing urgent veterinary attention.  She had only ever attended the vet to get her vaccinations and get some of her teeth removed.

The vets were baffled by her illness and took her in to do a series of tests, but nothing was showing and she was getting weaker and weaker.  Michael persevered to try and solve what was wrong with Sheba and he suspected that she might have something – I do not know the name, but it is common in dogs not in cats and that it would be a very complicated operation.  Michael warned me that Sheba might not survive the operation as she was very, very weak and 12 years old but told me that he would do his best as he wanted her to survive and that if she pulled through the operation that the following 48 hours were crucial.

Thank God the operation was successful and what Michael suspected was the problem, turned out to be the problem. The minute Michael had finished operating he telephoned me to let me know the news, which was very good of him.  Michael was also there night and day to telephone during Sheba’s illness and her recovery.

To cut a long story short my Sheba, who turned 13 years this month, is alive and kicking and like a new born kitten and it is all due to Michael Ryan because without his care and dedication to his job my Sheba would not be with me today.

Even though Sheba is a very much loved and spoilt cat, it was not until she got sick that I realised how much she meant to me and my family as I had always taken her for granted.  Also my dog who is 12 years looks upon Sheba as her mate and would pine away without her.

I would also like to nominate Lisa O’Donovan for veterinary nurse/receptionist as she is always helpful and understanding and always makes time for you – even though she might have a packed waiting room.  She is so good to the animals and treats them as if they are humans – having a special word for each individual animal – even though they might not like having to visit the vet.   She has also being very good to me during my cat Sheba’s illness and also when my dog CD had to have an operation this year.

I would also like to nominate the entire practice team as I know that they have prolonged the lives of both my dog, CD – 12.5 years, (13 in December) and cat, Sheba – 13 years, with their good advice and healthcare for my animals.

 

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Veterinary nurse nominated:

Lisa O’Donovan, Abbeyville Vetrinary Hospital, Togher Road, Cork   Tel 021-4317019
Reason for Nomination:

 

I nominate Miss Lisa O’Donovan of Abbeyville Veterinary Hospital for Nurse of the Year.

 

I am a long time customer of Abbeyville and for many years have seen changes there, but the one consistent feature is Lisa.

 

She is always kinds, patient and helpful, beyond the call of duty really by today’s standards.

 

Whilst waiting to see the vet I have observed her dealing with people and what a wonderful person, with such a bright sunny and positive attitude.  No question is ever left unanswered and no person I would imagine would ever leave unhappy.

 

Upon leaving my dog with her (many years ago now) prior to his being put to sleep, in my sadness I knew Rosie was in good hands and that Lisa would nurse her as if she was her own.

 

Lisa was always honest with me regarding Rosie’s progress and when she told me Rosie’s day had arrived, she did it with such love and caring, I know and believe it was more than just a job to her.

 

Lisa is well known and very respected by the Cork people who to to Abbeyville – we all wish her well as she is Abbeyville.

 

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Veterinarian nominated:

John O’Mahony, Animal Care Hospital, 14 The Fingerpost, Douglas, Cork   Tel 021-4893033

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

I would like to nominate my vet John O’Mahony.  Because of him our beloved dog Max wouldn’t be here with us today and McVities would be out of business….

 

Max adopted us about 14 years ago, he spotted a bunch of softies and realised we would treat him like a king.  We met Dr John about 12 years ago.  When Max was in his prime he used to earn his keep by helping deliver post with the postman.  One morning, while waiting to cross the road, Max got knocked down and broke the two bones in his leg and took a blow to the head.   We rushed him to the nearest vet, which was John.  John dropped everything to put Max back together, and spent the night monitoring him.  The next day we could bring him home, a sore, battered, but alive mutt due to Dr. John and his assistants.  He has come out to our home when Max was fitting, whether after a tennis match and once, on his way to a dinner in his tux !!!

 

We are so grateful for his care.  Dr John has always been there for us and Max when we need him and for so many other animals too.  And even though Max has been barred after relieving himself in the waiting room, surgery, hall…..John will always take time out to say hello to him and when Max is sitting on the table for check ups etc, he treats an old dog with care and understanding, for which we appreciate so much.

 

His advice and treatment has always been spot on and sympathetic to Max’s needs and age (15 going on 5).  John has also had to put up with us bawling and panicking throughout the years, and that’s some going !!!!!

 

We really think that John O’Mahony deserves this award.  We love our Max so much and would be lost without him.  (Even though he does get my smoked salmon omelette once a week).  We know that but for Dr. John, I wouldn’t have Max beside me as I write this, he wouldn’t have been beside me through secondary school and the long cold nights during college.  I believe he is my lucky charm !

 

So thank you Dr. John.

 

Many thanks.

 

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Veterinarian nominated:

John O’Mahony, Animal Care Hospital, 14 The Fingerpost, Douglas, Cork   Tel 021-4893033

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Reason for Nomination:

 

I would like to nominate vet John O’Mahony of the Animal Care Hospital, Douglas, Cork for the Stronghold Veterinary Pet Care Awards, 2006 and substantiate my nomination with the following story:-

 

SAMY’S STORY

 

My pet “Samy” is a west highland terrier who will be three years old in October 2006.  We purchased Samy as a 6 week old puppy in November 2003, we had thought about a cat but as we are not good about dealing  with the “presents” that cats like to bring home to their owners, we decided on a dog on the advice of my late father.

 

Samy is a wonderful companion and very entertaining, but like most westies he is quite strong willed and stubborn.  We have attended the Animal Care Hospital in Douglas for all his needs.  We cannot say he enjoys his visits to the Animal Care Hospital, but he does receive the very best of care anytime we visit whether it is for regular vaccinations, kennel cough or other treatments.

 

In late 2005 Samy developed a growth between two toes on his right back paw and despite some antibiotic treatments, the growth did not recede.   In March 2006, his vet John O’Mahony decided to operate and remove the growth and have a biopsy completed.  On 3rd March 2006, I took Samy in for his operation at 08.00 hours and collected him that afternoon at 15.30 hrs.   I phoned earlier in the day and the staff gave me an up to date account of his progress.

 

He was still quite drowsy but managed to get into the back seat of my car with a little help.  He absolutely loves travelling in the car but on this occasion all he wanted was to sleep.  When collecting Samy from the surgery, John met me and outlined the operation which he advised went very well but we would have to wait for biopsy results in about two weeks.   His paw was very well bandaged and covered with a mesh.  John, who has looked after Samy for most of his visits, said he thought we might only get a few days before Samy tore off the bandage, we were very lucky in that it was quite dry for the week and we managed to achieve 7 days before he got to grips with the bandage.  This meant the wound had a chance to heal quite well.

 

Whilst he was recovering, we were very impressed to receive a call from John O’Mahony himself a few days after the operation, enquiring about Samy and how he was coping.  John was very pleased with his progress when we made a return visit about 10 days after the operation for a check up.  A further 2 /3 weeks later, we phoned and received confirmation that the growth was benign and this was a great relief to everyone.

 

In nominating vet John O’Mahony for the Stronghold Veterinary Pet Care Award 2006, we would like to compliment John, his assistants and the veterinary nurses for the great care and attention given to our dog.

 

We think our dog is a source of amusement to them as well in that as soon as we arrive in the waiting room, Samy heads for the “bunker” underneath the seating area and needs to be coaxed from there on.   John is very patient with him and a good match for Samy, who I am sure would be very apologetic for his demeanour but is unable to let us know, in words anyway !

 

We also purchase his food from the Animal Care Hospital and on this is one occasion when Samy seems quite happy as he is a real “foodie” dog and loves to sniff and examine the bag of Hills Scientific Plan which he relishes every evening.

 

I would like to wish John O’Mahony and all at the Animal Care Hospital every success and hope they are just as successful in 2006 as in previous years.

 

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Veterinarian nominated, Fachtna Collins, Vet nurse nominated Jennifer Carroll, Bantry Veterinary Clinic, 17 Dromleigh, Bantry, Co. Cork     Tel 027-53638

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

I won a Pomeranian who tends to have a lot of health problems.  When my own vet diagnosed a luxating patella, but could not do the operation, he referred me to Fachtna and his veterinary nurse Jennifer to do the operation.

 

I was so nervous.  My dog means a lot to me, he is my life.  Any so Fachtna agreed to do the operation as he does a lot of small animal surgery.  There was a lot involved but both were great to me and my dog.  They reassured me every step of the way, helped me when the dog needed help and supported me.

 

And the poor nurse had to dress my dog’s leg every day as he kept eating it off.  The vet was great, showed me how to do exercises after for the leg and whenever I had a question they were only at the end of the phone.  This process took a gruelling 12 weeks of ongoing visits to the vet and the vet nurse, but they were there every step of the way.

 

So I want to nominate both vet and nurse.

 

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Veterinarian nominated:

Fachtna Collins, Bantry Veterinary Clinic, 17 Dromleigh, Bantry, Co. Cork     Tel 027-53638

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

I live in a small town and most local vets are only used to dealing with cattle, sheep and horses.

 

I found it difficult finding someone who was suitable for my pet needs until I came across the Veterinary Clinic.

 

As you can see, I have a range of animals from a hyperactive dog to hamsters and reptiles, and no matter what the problem is with any of them, the whole team are on hand for help and advice.

 

For example, my snake became egg bound and although they had never dealt with anything of this kind, the team had no problem rolling up their sleeves, researching the situation and getting stuck in – which ultimately saved my snake’s life.

 

They are also great with small and fluffys – my hamster is pressing on in years and is not expected to live much longer, and yet they all showed compassion when Bubbles fell ill with pneumonia, taking it very seriously and not laughing like most of my friends (and he’s still going strong now !)

 

I will always go to this clinic for my animal worries and every chance I get I recommend them to family and frients.

 

So Fachtna, Jennifer and Jack, thanks for all your help !

 

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Veterinarian nominated:

Shane Guerine, Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital, Vicars Road, Togher, Cork  Tel:  021 4962799

Reason for Nomination:

 

I would like to recommend Dr. Shane Guerin for the Top Vet Award. On Feb. 10, 2006, my cocker spaniel Roxy gave birth to a litter of 7 puppies. As the first few weeks passed we realized that one of the puppies, a female called ‘Millie’ wasn’t developing as well as her siblings and that she was not able to stand or walk.

 

We took her to one vet in Cork that told us nothing was wrong with her but we knew deep down that she wouldn’t survive unless she got help. We heard about another veterinary practise, Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital, and decided to bring Millie to them.

 

We were able to meet with Dr. Shane Guerin who thoroughly checked out our puppy, took x-rays, etc and diagnosed her with a dislocated elbow. Because she was so young (only 6 weeks at this time) he told us that there was a chance he could correct the problem but it was something that he had never done before. We decided to put our trust in him and go through with the surgery.

 

Shane has to make an incision in her front leg, move the elbow joint back into place and keep it there by the insertion of 2 pins. Millie was in a cast for 2 weeks and then the pins were removed. She was in another cast for 2 more weeks and then all we could do was wait and hope that she would be able to walk.

 

I will never forget the moment we saw her stand and take her first steps! Without the expert knowledge, patience, and compassion of Shane Guerin, Millie would not be with us today. Shane took a chance operating on Millie but in the end he was successful. She was a one of a kind case and her story will be used in Veterinary books as an example of the types of surgery that can be performed on small puppies.
Throughout the entire ordeal, Shane gave us confidence and support and never left us feeling in the dark. The staff at Gilabbey really took to Millie and I never felt worried when we would have to leave her with them. I feel that Dr. Shane Guerin is more than deserving of this award because he a one of a kind vet and without him our Millie would not be thriving the way she is today. Please take our story into consideration when you choose a vet for this prestigious award. Thank you.

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Veterinarian nominated:

Conor Goold, Macroom Veterinary Clinic, Macroom, Co Cork   Tel 026-41091

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

Because of the great care he gives to his patients.  His number 1 priority is to get the animal better…..  He is totally dedicated to his job.  He’s the most kindest, caring, vet I’ve ever met…..

 

His 24 hour service is outstanding.  Time is never a problem with Connor.  The animal comes first….

 

He is so unique in the way he treats people with such compassion when their pet dies.   My beloved dog Rolo died on 31st August ’06.  She had been unwell for a long time…..

 

Connor had been seeing Rolo for nearly two years.  She had so many problems, yet with Connor’s great care and medication he had her on, Rolo’s last two years were made so much easier for her.  And that is something I am so thankful to Connor for.  I had two extra good years with Rolo and Connor made sure she was never in pain.

 

He used to go down on his kneeds in his surgery and clip Rolo’s toe nails.  She hated it, but Connor used to talk so much to her and pet her that she used to forget about the clippers.   He was really, really good to her.  He had told me that Rolo’s time was limited and it gave me that time with her to do all the little things I wanted to do.

 

It was after 12 o’clock on Wednesday August 30th that Rolo was taken in.  She had stopped eating and then she started vomiting.   She was put on a drip and given something to stop the sickness.  I said good bye to her that night as I knew the end was there for her.   She died peacefully in her sleep the next day.

 

I was heartbroken over her, but thankful that I had found such a good vet to care for her the past two years.  Going in to collect Rolo was very hard.  My husband John came with me.  Connor explained everything clearly to us, as to what happened her.

 

The compassion he showed us was more than you would get if it was a person who had died.  He made everything so easy for me.  He even said, only for the care I gave her, she’d be dead 5 years ago.  That made me feel so good, knowing I did so much for Rolo.   She was a big care, yes, but only for the good vet I had I would have had nothing to care for.

 

He’s just so organised, and the way he runs the surgery, would be a lesson for any veterinary practice to take a look at.

 

Like myself I’ve met people who had been going to other vets.  I told them about Connor and after going to him they couldn’t praise him enough.

 

Our first meeting with Connor was with a beautiful red setter we had, off a Bus Eireann ad dog…….He felt he had heart trouble.  He said if we wanted to bring back the dog another day he would do tests on him. We brought him back, tests were done, and Connor was right…..He had an enlarged heart and liver trouble.   He had gone so far there was little could be done for him…..

 

Whatever magic Connor had, but he brought Grouse back to life and he lived for two years, which was away against the odds, as the poor dog’s sytem was destroyed.

 

Gouse took a very bad turn one long weekend this year.  I phoned Connor at lunchtime.  Grouse was just about breathing.  Connor was off duty from that Friday evening for the long weekend, as one of the other vets were covering for him.  He was there to meet us.

 

It was an awful wet wild day.  Connor went out to the car and carried Grouse in his arms.  He didn’t give us a lot of hope for him.  We had to leave Grouse in until Tuesday.  Conor gave up his time off and came into the surgery morning and evening all over that weekend just to treat Grouse and he rang us and let us know how Grouse was.

 

Again Connor brought Grouse back to life and he came out in great form.  He didn’t have to go back in again.  Connor told us if he was doing ok, there was no need to bring him in.  Grouse lived until this September and he died suddenly of a heart attack.  Again we were given two years with Grouse that we wouldn’t have had if we hadn’t met Connor.

 

We also have a red setter Rue who is 15.  He loves going to Connor and I can understand why, as it’s like a hotel in there.

 

Lucky, Dasey and Bob are all patients of Connors and they have no problems at all.  We got Bob neutered a year ago.  He’s a cross golden Labrador x red setter.  Bob was just in for one night.  He didn’t want to come home.  So Connor gave him a lovely collar and strap.  It was red and Bob felt so proud in it.  He’s still wearing it.

 

I think I have given you reason enough for Connor to be nominated.  There’s one thing I left out regarding Rolo.  Connor was in his surgery that morning at 6am with another patient – and he was there with Rolo and had been able to tell me how she was right up until she died.  So I can always say Rolo died with dignity.  Connor did so much for Rolo and charged us so little.   Him getting this Award would mean so much to me and to so many of Connor’s customers.

 

I know it would be the one thing Rolo would have wanted, for the kind, caring way he treated her and the way he treats all our dogs.

 

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Veterinarian nominated:

Richard Healy, Westside Veterinary Hospital, Unit 19 Westside Centre , Model Farm Road, Cork city
Tel 021 4343503

Reason for Nomination:

 

Richard Healy is a very compassionate vet. Dedicated to helping animals and their owners. And this is why I am nominating him for this award because of how gently he treated my cat, Tic Tac.
Tic Tac came to me in September  2004. He was slim sleek white and had 24 toes. He could be heard tap tapping across the kitchen before he could be seen. He loved living in the country, searching out shrews, bank voles and the odd rabbit. He brought home his prey and often had no choice but to share when it was stolen by our less energetic cats.
A long life of carefree country living was not to be for him however.
He had been having some trouble keeping his food down and so it was with a heavy heart I was informed that he had polycystic kidneys and his condition was fatal. Richard said that he might have a few days but there was only a short time before he passed away.
I took Tic Tac home and for a few days he was able to go out and enjoy his countryside. However on the 24th of April 2006 I brought Tic Tac back  in to Richard to be put to sleep as it was best for him. Richard tenderly gave him his injections and made sure that he didn’t feel pain during the procedure.

 

When the injections had taken affect Richard settled Tic Tac into a sleeping position, placing his front paw over his eye and on his nose. I am probably not describing this right but it meant that when his body went stiff Tic Tac was at rest in a sleeping position and this made the burial all the more bearable for us.

For this I want to thank Richard by nominating him because how he treated Tic Tac was gentle and caring and for how he made this whole process more bearable.

Thank you for taking the time to read my nomination

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DONEGAL
Veterinary Practice nominated:

St. Elmo Veterinary Clinic, Craig, Muff, Co. Donegal – including team members Barbara Shaw, Cathy & Helena    Tel  074-9384411

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

In June 2005, my dog George developed sudden pain.   He was quite distressed so I took him to Barbara (vet).  She examined him thoroughly and diagnosed a spinal problem.  She gave him injections and gave me painkillers for him.

 

The following day George could hardly walk and was yelping in pain.  Barbara told us to come up immediately.  She sedated George and did tests (x rays etc).  Her diagnosis was spot on.  She said he had a cervical disc prolapse.

 

She referred us to a vet in Belfast who specialised in spinal problems and phoned ahead to let him know of our arrival.  After an operation and six weeks in hospital (under an excellent team of vets) George came home.

 

He made a slow receovery but is now almost back to normal much to my relief !   It’s thanks to Barbara and her team that a diagnosis was made and correct treatment.  She was delighted to see him recover.  He loves her as Barbara talks to the animals as if they’re human !  She’s so kind and gentle.

 

Her staff, particularly Cathy and Helena, are such lovely girls, always helpful and pleasant and professional.  I’m very lucky to have such a great vet.  If I didn’t, I’m sure I would have lost my beloved George.

 

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DUBLIN

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Susan Barry, Anicare Veterinary – Blanchardstown Veterinary Hospital, 2 The Mews, Main Street, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15   Tel 01-6409010

Reason for Nomination:

 

Nearly a year ago I got my first dog a collie labrador cross which I named Bailey. I got Bailey at a rescue centre in Kilkenny. When I got him he was nervous of everything and everyone and today he still runs away when he sees a black bag or people he doesn’t know.

From day one, just going to get his vaccinations Bailey hated the vet, all the other animals and all the noise unnerved him. We chose to go to Blanchardstown Veterinary Hospital because I had recently done a weeks work experience there during transition year and they work they did and how well they did it amazed me.

When I first brought Bailey I explained how he was nervous and Susan spent a good few minutes making sure he was okay before beginning to examine him, she played with him and petted him gently and that was all he ever wanted! By the time she had finished examining him he didn’t want to leave!

For the first few months Bailey had perfect health and never had to go to the vet, until he was nearly 7 months. It was during the easter holidays when he started to get sick. On Good Friday he stopped eating a sure sign something was wrong! I made an appointment and brought him down to be checked, as it happened it was Susan who was working that day.

 

Bailey was as terrified as ever going in and Susan spent another 5 minutes or so calming him and petting him. When she examined him she decided it was probably a stomach bug and gave us some antibiotics. She also gave us the emergancy number just in case he got worse over the weekend so we could ring her.

He seemed to improve over the weekend and into the following week but the following Friday he was suddenly worse than ever. I brought him back down to the vet and saw Michael Hatton this time, he examined Bailey and decided to operate that night incase something was stuck in him. It turned out to be intussusception. He kept Bailey in over the weekend and the following Monday we were allowed to bring him home. However much he hated going to the vets it was obvious he hated it alot more now!!

Bailey seemed to be doing well on the Monday and Tuesday but on Wednesday it all went down hill. Bailey collapsed on the ground in pain so we bundled him into the car and brought him straight to the vets without even making an appointment, this was when Susan really began to stand out as not just really good vet like all the vets at Anicare but a really amazing vet. I ran in and met Susan at the door I told her what happened and without even stopping to think she rushed out to the car to see how Bailey was.

 

When she saw him lying in the back of the car she lifted him gently out and carried him inside. Before putting him on the table to be examined she arranged for a big soft furry blanket to be put on it first incase he was in pain. As it turned out it was Susan’s day off that day and she was just there picking up some thing. Fintan examined Bailey and finally they were both happy to send him home on pain killers to see how he would be.

At first it seemed to be working but on Friday he bagan vomiting again and wouldn’t eat so back down to the vet again. Again it was Susan working. This time Bailey was too scared to go through door but after some gently coaxing we got him in.   After another examination Susan decided she was going to have to operate again because he was so unwell. I really didn’t want to leave Bailey again but it helped when I saw him lick Susan and her petting him I knew he was in very good hands!

Susan rang me an hour later to let me know she was about to begin operating and he was doing well so far. I very glad of the update, it was just over 4 long hours later when she rang again having just finished operating and having no lunch yet or anything. She explained how he had got adhesions around his pancreas but she was hopeful for him. She rang again later that night to let me know he was awake and doing well.

 

Over the whole weekend she arranged times for me to go and see him which I am still thankful for because I missed him so much. The following Tuesday he was allowed home and this time there was no visits to the vet until he needed his stitches out.

Since then Bailey has still been at the vet regularly! He grew a harmless tumour on his paw which had to be removed and after that he ripped his stitches out and had to make a good few trips to get bandages changed etc.

Over all the problems Bailey has had whenever we have been at the vet Susan has always taken her time with Bailey making sure he was ok before starting treatment, sometimes she would simply sit on the ground beside him and pet him but this has made all the difference.  The compassion she showed him when he was really sick  was like nothing I had ever seen from another vet. I trusted her with my dog because I knew she would treat him with the same care she would if it were one of her dogs.

 

Simple things such as putting the blanket on the table incase he was sore and carrying him in from the car as I said before is what puts her into a league of her own. Not to mention her surgical ability, Bailey barely even has a scar from where she operated on him.

Also one last thing I would like to say is that recently when I have had Bailey down at the vet I have noticed that he even thinks she’s the best vet ever. He still hates going and when we are in the waiting room he hides under a chair and I have to pull him in to the examination room.

 

However whenever Susan is working and he hears her voice his head pops up and when he sees her, even though he knows he’s at the vet and is going to have something done to him he can’t help but give his tail a wag and bum a wriggle and her a quick lick! I think that says it all!

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Veterinary Practice nominated:

Anicare – Botanic Veterinary Hospital, 183 Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 – contact Michael Hatton Tel 01-8375543
Reason for Nomination:

 

I would like to nominate my veterinary team because of their extraordinary care of Abu. Abu was a stray kitten, rescued from a basement area, starving and filthy. Even after three years, he is still a terrified little animal.

 

One evening when I returned from work, Abu was huddled in his cardboard box bed in our bedroom, shaking. It was after surgery hours but I was very worried about him, and telephoned the after hours number. Michael Hatton was on duty and came down to the surgery immediately (10.30 p.m.).

 

Abu had been struck by a car, he thought, and was very deeply shocked. He kept him in, put him on a drip. The next day Michael rang to say that Abu was very badly injured, his intestines and stomach had been pushed up into his thorasic cavity. They could operate but the chances of success were not great. And Abu was far too shocked to do it for a day or so. Later on they telephoned us, asking us to come down to see Abu, as he was terrified and would not eat or drink.

 

We came down to sit by his cage and talk to him. He was operated on the next day, three vets operated on him with tremendous skill, and gave him such amazing gentle care afterwards that Abu, against all odds, survived. His hip and back leg were also dislocated and he will always walk with a little limp but he has fully recovered. Tanis, one of the vets, deserves particular mention.

He will continue to be a very nervous little cat, but we felt that we owed it to him to give him every chance of survival, after his shaky start in life, a number of other adventures he had (getting stuck up a chimney, in a turned-off gas fire and then managing to climb 2 circa 7ft walls, and climb up stairs, to get to his own home after the car accident) and the practice agreed. I can think of no other group of people who would have worked so hard to save the life of a little feral moggy.

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Veterinarian nominated

Sydney Nagle, The Animal Clinic, Ashtown, Dublin 7   Tel 01-8383003

Reason for Nomination:

 

While walking by the canal close to our house on the May Bank holiday last year we discovered a plastic bag with 6 pups only a few hours old.
We ere able to phone our vet “Syd” who took a look at the pups. He was unable to take care of them as he was hand rearing 2 kittens at the time. One of his practice nurses took on 3 of them and my family and I took the other 3.

 

It was tough work 2 hourly feeds etc. One of our lot died at 3 weeks but the other 2 survived, all thanks to the fantastic support of our vet and his team. We visited practically every second day as they had many problems and infections. He only charged us for medication.
This Summer yet again we found 5 abandoned kittens and again he came to the rescue.
He wormed them, deflead them and and looked after them until they were homed. (We of course took one!!).  He is a genuine animal lover and has animal welfare at heart.
He has nicknamed my family “Rogers Rescue inc” and will never turn us away with our strays.
The prize from this awards would repay him for all the care he has bestowed on our animals……

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Veterinary Practice nominated:

Animal Clinic, Ashtown House, River Road, Castlkenock, Dublin 15 – contact Rosemary Elliott –

Tel 01 8383003
Reason for Nomination:

 

I have had the absolute pleasure of working with the team at The Animal Clinic for 4 years. The decision to leave such a wonderful practice was not easy. When I was deciding upon my next career move industry was a good option as I truely believed that I would not be as happy as I was in another practice anywhere in the country.
When I joined the practice 4 years ago the practice was undergoing alot of transition.  Two very young and niaive young girls joined as student veterinary nurses shortly after me, as well as the most bubly receptionist I have ever worked with.

 

Karen Rooney and Lorraine Conlon turned into two of the most competent and caring nurses I have every worked with under the tutilage of head nurse Jenny Mackey.
The practice always had a wonderful working ethos. No matter how busy it was, no matter, how stressed everyone was, each animal received the highest standard of care that the practice could offer. Time was always found for a kiss and a cuddle and extra care and attention for the animals.
Time was also taken to get to know the clients well. Rosemary Elliott the receptioist knew every client that came through the door, their whole family, their inlaws and their neighbours. This is such a great reflection on how comfortable clients felt with the staff at the Animal Clinic where clients were far more than customers.
As I already stated the level of veterinary at the Animal Clinic is what I would call gold standard. Every patient was offered gold standard care by evterinary practitioner Sydney Nagle.

 

I must also mention Victoria Fenlon the practice manager and qualified VN who has the toughest job in the practice. Not only is she responsible for the administration side of the practice she is quite often seen mucking in in her greens when necessary.
Having spent 10 years in practice, I have always judged a good vet in a very simple way — would I take my own animals to them — well the answer in the case of the Animal Clinic is very simple — most definitely!
I wish the practice continued success and sincerely hope that the judging panel will look favourably on this nomination.

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Veterinarian nominated:

Eamonn M. Moore, Blackrock Vet Clinic, 5 Proby Square, Blackrock, Co. Dublin  Tel 01 2889641

Reason for Nomination:

 

The reason I nominate Eamon my vet is because of the way he looked after my dying pet cat Snowie. She was my first pet as a child and was a very special friend to me always .

 

In later years Snowie became ill and she was afraid of going to the vet until she came in contact with Eamon. Eamon looked after her for many years until the day she had to be put to sleep.
Eamon understood my cat and was very gentle on that day as he put her to sleep  – he whispered in her ear and reassured me that everything was for the best . He asked the other people waiting to be patient as he wanted to give me time with my cat in her final moments.  I will never forget how compassionate he was and still is to this day.

 

My partner had a golden labador who was in his final years when Eamon became his vet also . Bruno was a dog who hated vets also but when he meet Eamon this was not to be a problem any more . Eamon looked after Bruno for 2 years until he was put to sleep . Again, Eamon was very gentle and so understanding with David, Bruno and my self when this happenned.

Since this I am now engaged to be married this year and we have a new dog Brian the Doberman and Eamon is his favourite vet and will be for many years to come.

If every person had the kindness and compassion for animals as Eamon has this place would be a much nicer place to live .

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Veterinary Practice nominated:

Blackrock Veterinary Clinic, 5 Proby Square, Carysford Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin – contact vet Eamonn Moore & vet nurse Melanie – Tel: Tel 01 2889641
Reason for Nomination:

 

I would like to nominate both Eamonn Moore(vet) and Melanie (nurse) for their continued kindness, professionalism, compassion and availablity.

 

Nothing is too much to ask, everything is explained in plain English, they are never too busy to answer any concerns you may have and never rush you because there is a full waiting room.  The love and kindness shown to all of the 4 dogs is second to none.

 

Last Saturday I rang for an appointment with Eamonn for Mistie he said 12.30, (surgery closes at 12.30) I said I may be a bit late as a workman was calling to me he said no problem once he knew I was coming he would wait till I arrived.

 

When I got there he had numerous other appointments after 12.30, he does not rush off just because surgery is over, if he is needed he will stay on.  This is not the first time this has happened, I once went down and met him driving away (I was not aware of the surgery hours at the time) he turned and came back and reopened the surgery.  (Sandy had to get stitches out)This was again on a Saturday.

 

The only time that Eamonn does not work is a Thursday night and a Sunday so for him to wait around/reopen on a Saturday shows his love for animals, their needs are more important than his time off.  That’s hard to find in the working world nowadays!

 

Another friend had a dog who was too sick to go home but pining so Eamonn did not want to leave it overnight with strangers (the overnight service), so he took it home with him and kept in touch with the family! Nothing is a problem to them.

 

Both Eamonn’s and Melanie’s kindness to Champie who was put down last year and to me was 1000% better than we received from another vet many years ago when the same unpleasant task had to be done.  At a neighbour’s party when dogs were being discussed a family said that their dog had strayed and they rang all the vets in the area.  They were not clients of Eamonn.  Apparently he could not have helped them more, gave plenty of advice on what to do, spend time talking to them etc., other vets just took details.

 

These are just a few examples of incidents that have occured which hopefully show why Eamonn and Melanie deserve recognition.  I totally trust them with the lives of my babes!!

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Veterinarian nominated:

Denis Shannon, Bull Wall Veterinary Practice, 24 Conquer Hill Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3

Tel  01 8531260

Reason for Nomination:

 

To mention Denis Shannon’s name is to conjure up thoughts of compassion, caring, inspiration and professionalism, with a dash of good humour thrown in.

 

I meet many people on my walks in St. Anne’s Park, Clontarf, and nearby beaches. Any mention of Denis brings a smile to the faces of most of those I meet, as he seems to be the chosen and much loved vet of so many living in the area.
In 2003, my elderly dog Penny, whom he was carefully monitoring for dementia, became very ill while on holiday. I knew the time had come and phoned Denis.

 

I was due to return to Dublin on a Saturday and he offered to open his surgery on the Sunday morning, so that Penny had time to say goodbye to my extended family on the Saturday night, before going to sleep on Sunday morning. I will never forget his kindness on that occasion.

 

When I got Casey, who was neglected from birth to four months old, she was covered in fleas and had appalling round worms.  I was cringingly upset and squeamish. But Denis gave me the confidence to see that this was something we would get through.His calmness was in marked contrast to my panic and of course things sorted themselves out.

 

On another occasion I found a wild bird that had been mauled by a cat and went straight round to Denis. The bird died just as I arrived, but he would have been willing to help it in any way possible.
Denis continues to take the best of care of Casey and even if I’m concerned about something minor I have no hesitation in calling in to his surgery, knowing that he will provide the answers.I couldn’t say enough in praise of his dealings with the animals, and indeed the owners, in his care and would strongly recommend him for a veterinary “best practice” award.

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Veterinary Practice nominated:

Treanor Glynn & Walsh, 114 Lower Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin – contact vet Kevin Glynn

Tel 2802041 / 2780480

Reason for Nomination:

 

We arrived at the emergency clinic in UCD at 6.15 on the morning of Friday 1st September……..
……….Over the course of 24 hours Poppy had gone from being our gorgeous (she is known in close family circles as the “Angelina Jolie” of dogs), lively pet to a very sick little dog who couldn’t stand, was shuddering with each breath and was totally incontinent, there was something terribly wrong but we had no idea what had caused these symptoms and in fact we still do not know how or why our dog became so ill, the young vet on duty told us sadly that Poppy had become sicker during the night and that if she was to have any hope of surviving she had to be put back on a drip within the next 3 to 4 hours.

We drove home hugging our little sick bundle…..what were we going to do?

It was now 7.00 and my husband had to leave for work. I called our 12 year old son for school, his first question was about Poppy and when he came downstairs and saw her lying there, utterly helpless and fighting for every breath the tears welled up in his eyes. I didn’t know what to say to him, Poppy is his dog and he loves her more than anything in the world.

 

He has no brothers or sisters and all the love he would have had for a sibling is bestowed upon this little dog. I knew that if he left for school there was a very strong possibility that he wouldn’t see his best friend again. At about 8.00 am my mother-in -law,who lives nearby, came down to see if she could help, she took one look at her Grandson and one look at our dog and burst into tears, Cillian could no longer hold back his tears and told me he couldn’t go to school because he would be too upset.
He went back upstairs and changed out of uniform and I called the school. I then called 2 local veterinary clinics and both said to bring her in at 9.30 am but as one was marginally closer we headed up to Treanor, Glynn and Walsh on Kilmacud Road.
We carried Poppy out to the car in her basket and into the vet’s office and from the moment we walked through the doors we knew that Poppy was going to get the best possible care.

 

The first Vet we met, Brid O’Callaghan, started working on Poppy straight away while my son gave the practical details (name, address etc) to a very sympathetic and kindly receptionist  named Anne, Brid told us she would stay with Poppy and that there was nothing more we could do and that she would call us at noon. I offered my credit card details and was told not to be even worrying about that at the moment.
We went over to say goodbye to our brave little doggy and left not knowing if we were ever going to see her again.

We didn’t want to go home so we decided to go up to the Dundrum shopping centre to get a few things Cilli needed for school. We hadn’t had breakfast so we went into a coffee shop and tried to eat, the first time I have ever seen Cillian not being able to finish a Danish pastry. Every so often one of us would start crying and set the other one off, I’m sure on-lookers must have thought some dreadful tragedy had befallen us.
True to her word, Brid phoned us at 12 just to say that Poppy was still deteriorating and unless she had bad news she would phone us again at 4.
We left Dundrum and came home to what felt like a very empty house, there was no little bundle of warmth and joy to welcome us home and make us feel special, our house had no heart and all around us were Poppy’s things and we felt so lonely, every time the phone rang we jumped, fearing the worst.
At 4, Breda phoned to say that while she didn’t have good news, Poppy’s condition had been relatively stable since lunch time and that her colleague Kevin Glynn would phone us at about 8 pm.
Kevin phoned us at 8 to say that he was taking Poppy down to their hospital in DunLoaghaire and unless he had bad news he would phone us at 9am the next morning and let us know the story – The phone woke me the next morning at 9.10, Poppy was still alive and they were going to take more blood tests and phone us with the results at 12. At this stage most of Poppy’s vital organs had shut down and it was still touch and go.

 

Promptly at 12, Kevin phoned (I was beginning to think there were no other animals sick that weekend !) – There was a very slight improvement in Poppy’s bloods and would we like to come down and visit her – we couldn’t wait.
We arrived at the hospital at 4 and were brought into a small private room where Poppy lay on a table covered in blankets. She looked up and the funny thing is, whilst all the time she couldn’t stand or walk she could still wag her tail, it was the strangest thing. My son put his face down to hers and she tried to lick him, it was like she was trying to comfort us instead of the other way around.

 

Kevin came in to talk with us, despite all the phone calls we hadn’t actually met up to that point. He told us that they were baffled by Poppy’s condition and had even gone as far as phoning the Beaumont hospital for information on neurological disorders. He then brought in a small bowl of food for Cillian to feed Poppy, she managed to wolf it down, even while lying prostrate the whole time, we were feeling much more hopeful.
Poppy stayed in hospital for another 5 days. We were able to visit her every day and Kevin phoned us each morning to tell us what type of night she had had.
Although she couldn’t walk when she came home she is getting stronger every day and we are hopeful that she will regain most of her mobility and strength. She has been back twice to visit Kevin and Brid and they are very pleased with her progress – and the bill for all that care and attention was less than the 8 hours in the emergency clinic had cost us –

I would like to nominate Treanor, Glynn and Walsh for outstanding care, expertise and compassion, well above and beyond the call of duty……

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Veterinarian Practice nominated:

Treanor Glynn & Walsh, Veterinary Hospital, 33 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin – contact vet Paddy Treanor    Tel 01 2802041

Reason for Nomination:

 

It has been a hard year for our pets as they have had broken nails (kobi & Kassi) on an ongoing basis. We have been in the Vet Hospital so often Paddy has said that he should give us our own carparking space! But through it all we know that we will get the best advice for our beloved pets and know they are in the best of care.

In particular I would like to speak about our now deceased Tibetan Spanial, Dutch. Paddy, Kevin and Tara have been looking after this little fella for the past 12 years since we rescued him. He had always been a creaking door with regards his health but the hospital team always gave him the best care and it is testament to their abilities that he made it to 15 years of age. He was my mum’s companion and Paddy always knew what he meant to us. His caring nature and his ability to explain the most difficult of doggy problems is a gift. You know you are in safe hands.

Unfortunately, Dutch had to put put to sleep as his age and general condition meant that it would not have been kind to keep him going for much longer. Paddy talked us through the procedure and our little friend was sent on his way in peace and dignity. He never suffered and has the team at the Vets Hospital to thank for that. Paddy is a credit to the profession of Vets and should be commended for his compassion and commitment to his clients. I have not met a nicer more caring person who is a credit to the verinary world.

All I can say is thank you to him and his team and I know that my 2 dogs will continue to get the same loving care and attention when they need it.

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Veterinarian Practice nominated:

Treanor Glynn & Walsh, Veterinary Hospital, 33 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin – contact vet Paddy Treanor    Tel 01 2802041
Reason for Nomination:

 

Mr Treanor is gifted in his dealing with animals.  My dog is very nervous, but is perfectly happy when being cared for by Mr. Treanor.   Mr Treanor is kind, caring and compassionate.

 

He works with the owner, is not the cold expert dealing with a patient.  He gives a very thorough and professional service mixed with a warm caring attitude.  When dealing with death he does it very sensitively (I have had other cats), sedating first and allowing goodbye time with the owner, so there is not the shock of instant death by injection which I experienced with another vet.

 

He has always been sympathetic about financial circumstances, treatment of the pet/s comes first.  I never had to delay treatment because of lack of money (but I always paid later by instalments).

 

He is open to alternative methods of (calming…?) drops etc. for Halloween. When I go to see him especially with my new old dog, I feel he provides an aura of safety for both of us.

 

I think he deserves an award for a lifetime of gifted service to animals and their owners.    I have been bringing pets to him for 16 years.

 

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KERRY

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Anita Connolly, Ark Clinic, Killarney, Co Kerry Tel 064-36644

Reason for Nomination:

 

I would like to nominate Dr. Anita Connelly from Ark Veterinary in Killarney, Co. Kerry.  This is how the story unfolds (bit long winded at the beginning):

My dad was in a very bad car accident that left him in hospital for 2 months on the flat of his back.  When he came home to the delight of all near and dear to him, he stayed with me for a few weeks to get his strength back and to learn to walk again. My dad loves animals and he missed them all very much during his recovery.

 

Unfortunately, his baby donkey died a few days after she was born and this upset him terribly as he was unable to go see her.  But most of all he missed his “pet dog” Jessie.  He used to take her everywhere with him.

 

One evening, I got a call from my brother that dad’s dog Jessie had eaten rat poison and was near death.  I told dad and he was extremely upset and the tears welled in his eyes.  I asked him if I should go get Jessie so he could be with her when she passed away and he said yes.

When I picked up Jessie she was barely alive.  Her hips were higher than the front of her body and she was very weak.  My brother informed me he had taken her to a vet ….and he gave her a “vitamin K” injection to clot the blood but that there was very little hope.  By the time I returned home with Jessie she was very weak and my dad was so upset when he saw her. She collapsed at his feet……

At around 10:00pm, I then decided to call our family veterinary clinic in Killarney.  Dr. Anita Connelly was on call and I explained my situation to her.  She suggested that if I could get some more vitamin K into Jessie it may help her but as it was so late all the pharmacies were closed…..
I called Dr. Anita Connelly back again and she told me to come in immediately and she would meet me there.  Jessie in the meantime was pretty lifeless.  I did not think she would make the 30 minute drive to Killarney.  Dr. Connelly was waiting.

 

She took Jessie in her arms and as she did Jessie got the strength to lick her cheek as if to say “please, please save me”.  She examined Jessie and informed me that Jessie had about a 20% chance of survival.  She informed me she would keep Jessie in the clinic for the night.

I hardy slept a wink all night.  My dad lost the sparkle from his eyes and had a sleepless night as well.  I called the Ark Clinic as early as possible the following morning and THANKFULLY Jessie made it through the night.  Still extremely very weak they recommended she would be kept in for another day or two.  Dr. Connelly had given her an antibiotic drip as her lungs were infected.  She also gave her vitamin K.

 

I think what really saved HER LIFE was that Dr. Connelly brought in her Labrador and gave Jessie a blood transfusion from her dog.  Jessie stayed at the clinic for a few days and was allowed home under the condition that she be observed closely for several weeks.

When I brought Jessie home, you should have seen my dad’s face, it was the picture of happiness and the sparkle returned to his eyes.  Jessie was weak for a while, but now a year or more later she is a healthy, happy dog and spoilt rotten.

I would like to nominate Dr. Anita Connelly for saving Jessie’s life.  She went above and beyond the call of duty and we will never forget her for her dedication and kindness.  Dr. Connelly is a credit to the veterinary services in Ireland.  She is a gifted veterinary and her love for animals is genuine and heart warming.  She is a wonderful example of what being a vet is all about.

If I come back as an animal in my next life, I would want Dr. Connelly to be my doctor!

Thank you,

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Veterinary Practice nominated:

Treacy & Sheehan Animal Health Centre, 25 Market Street, Listowel, Co. Kerry – contact vet Paul Treacy and vet nurses Ann, Gina & Helena   Tel 068-21377

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

This is the most welcome opportunity to sing the praises of , in my opinion, the most dedicated team of any veterinary practice that I have ever needed, here or in the UK and I can assure you that I have had, over the years, many pets and many occasions where a visit to the vets was necessary.

 

So how does my veterinary team qualify to be regarded as the best ?  The most essential criteria, I feel for me anyway, is simply that the concern and well being of the animal, whatever it may be, comes first and that is regarded almost like a person.  You may find this a rather strange or even an eccentric way of describing an important reason  but as you know, that to many owners they regard their pets as “little people”.

 

When you become attached to an animal it’s very comforting when the vet is able to recognise an owner’s emotional state and respond accordingly.  This I have experienced only with Treacy and Sheehan’s practice.

 

With regards to individual members of the staff, I find words impossible to describe them, to be honest.  Paul Treacy looks after my “Sophie” and has done for over two years now and deserves Sainthood, maybe a little “over the top” but he has been so reassuring and has always explained in detail what treatment or medication he’s giving her and why.  He has always treated her with the knowledge and understanding that she means the world to me and has never belittled, if that’s the right word, my relationship with her.

 

All the ladies, Ann, Gina and Helena and those who I have not mentioned, are all such an essential part of the team.  Never have I been made to feel unwelcome, for I do tend to chat about everything and anything, not always concerning animals either but they always listen and involve themselves in the conversation.

 

They call me by my Christian name also, which makes me feel more like a friend than a customer.  Even if the vet is out on call they are never hesitant in giving helpful advice.

 

I cannot express enough to you, what it feels like, knowing that your “little friend” as old as she is, will be cared for as if she were a puppy.   No matter what problem I may have with Sophie, however trivial it may seem to others, they always put me at ease.

 

What else can I say ?   Need I say any more ?  When you and your pet are made to feel more than just a money transaction there is hope for the world yet.

 

Treacy & Sheehin veterinary practice deserve all the recognition that can be bestowed upon them for their dedication and the unquestionable care they show towards all the animals that we other mortals hold so dear.

 

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Veterinary Practice nominated:

Treacy & Sheehan Animal Health Centre, 25 Market Street, Listowel, Co. Kerry – contact vet Paul Treacy and vet nurses Ann, Gina & Helena   Tel 068-21377

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

1. For their friendly, approachable manner.

2. Their empathy of the situation.

3. High quality and standard of service

4. Genuine concern for the animals

5. Their overall caring personalities.

 

My friend had a very sick dog that had to be put to sleep finally.  But the care she got from Paul Treacy was fantastic.

 

She had to be separated from her friend Sam of many years, who did not like us at her.  When she finally passed on he told us to bring in Sam to say goodbye to her so he would know she was gone and not to be searching for her.

 

Paul was as upset as we were.

 

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KILDARE

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Andrew Doona, Athy Veterinary Hospital, Gallowshill, Athy, Co Kildare

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

On Saturday 22/10/’05 my then 15 month female black lab cross was badly injured on the road outside our house.  I heard a loud bang followed by a long series of agonised yelps.

 

I didn’t think it was our dog until I got to the scene.  I thought the fence was secure.  She had managed to drag herself to the grass verge beside the gate.  The car didn’t stop.

 

She was in so much pain that I got bitten when I tried to pick her up.  After several attempts  I managed to roll her onto a plastic sheet and lift her (with assistance) onto the back seat of my car.  When I got to the vets, we had the same difficulty in handling her without increasing the pain.

 

She lost an enormous amount of blood.  I entrusted her to Andrew Doona for the next four days.  Of course, I was in regular phone contact with Andrew over those critical days.

 

When I collected her on Wed 26/10/05 Andrew explained to me and illustrated on x ray slides the full extent of Trudie’s injuries.  Her pelvis was shattered and her left rear leg had been dislocated.   There were numerous cuts and bruises.

 

It would be six weeks before I could exercise her properly.  But gradually and steadily she has made a full recovery.  She can now run, swim and climb as far, fast or as high as before.  All this despite having to have plates and screws fitted.

 

I was very impressed with Andrew Doona; his patience, skill and professionalism, but most of all his reassurance.   This may read like a routine incident, but I regard the incident, treatment and outcome as exceptional.

 

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KILKENNY

 

Veterinarian nominated Berndatte Kenny & vet nurse Aileen, Callan Veterinary Hospital, Mill Street, Callan, Co Kilkenny

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

I had the pleasure of meeting Bernadette for the first time last April, when I brought my wonderful dog Molly for her booster and vaccination.

 

Bernadette had only recently opened her new practice here in Callan and it was badly needed, as the nearest vet was ten miles away.

 

I found Bernadette to be so professional, friendly and dedicated and I assured her I would be back again for the next check up, injection, worm dose etc.

 

Unfortunately I was back sooner than I thought, as my poor little wonder dog (who is not street wise) managed to escape out of the back garden and on to the street and under a car, I really thought my Molly was gone forever.

 

It has been a long haul since the accident and since then, Bernadette and Aillen (her nurse and receptionist) have not only shown me what a wonderful team they are, but have also become my friends.

 

It didn’t look too good for Molly after the accident and I cried many a tear in the clinic.  Bernadette and Aileen were both there to  console me.  I felt as if I was their only client and Molly was their only care – even though every time you go in to the clinic they are very busy.

 

To conclude my story in the beginning I was bringing Molly to Bernadette and Aileen every second day and they showed her as much care and love, that it’s thanks to them that she is now walking on 4 legs, not 2, and always runs over to get her pig’s ear from Aileen before she goes home – as my children wait for their lollipops.

 

In short, I think Bernadette and Aileen are the best little team anyone could wish for.  So please give them an award that they truly deserve !

 

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LAOIS

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Tom Spillane, Vet Care, Shopping Centre, Portlaoise, Co. Laois   Tel 057 8664841


Reason for Nomination:

 

I would like to nominate Tom Spillane as I think he is the most professional and caring vet I have ever come across.

My cat Pearl developed an absyss under one of her pads on her paw.  It seemed to be extremely sore on her behalf so I brought her to Tom Spillane in VetCare.  I just thought that she would need some antibiotics however he told me that she would need to be given an anaesthetic in order for him to lance the absyss.

 

I proceeded to bawl my eyes out in the surgery room because I didn’t want to let her go off on her own to get an operation.  I felt like such an eejit after but just couldn’t help the waterworks.

 

However, Tom was the best ever and assured me he would take excellent care of her.  He rang me straight after her operation to let me know how she went – all was excellent – and he rang me the following day to say I could come pick her up that she was doing great.

 

When I arrived to pick her up I never saw such a calm little cat after an operation. There wasn’t a bother on her because he had been so gentle with her and taken such good care of her.

 

Again I’d just like to thank Tom from the bottom of my heart for all his hard work with all his patients – even the grown up teary eyed human ones!!

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Veterinarian nominated:

Tom Spillane, Vet Care, Shopping Centre, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Tel 057 8664841

Reason for Nomination:

 

I have nominated Tom over the last few years.   I believe him to be one of the best vets I have ever dealt with.  He is so kind to the animals and so interested in their health and he also remembers their names, which makes

You feel he is really interested in your pet and yours alone.

 

Over the years Tom has had to put some of my pets to sleep and Tom has been so kind in dealing with the animals as well as myself.  But last week I saw him in a slightly different way.  When it’s your own animal you are putting to sleep, because you are so upset, you don’t really take in what exactly is going on.  But last week my friend had to have her cat of 16 years put to sleep and I know it was a very hard decision for her to make.

 

The cat had cancer and had been treated by Tom over a few weeks. Tom had always made my friend feel she could contact him at any time about the cat and was there to answer any questions she had as the illness progressed.  The day she decided to let her loving cat go, she contacted Tom.   Tom put aside some of his time for the procedure making sure no one would interrupt and that my friend was quite prepared to say farewell.

 

I was present to give my friend support, but I really could see just how kind and patient Tom really is in a situation like this.  He gave my friend all the time she needed talking to her and explaining everything.  The procedure was so calm and peaceful and I know my friend appreciated this, as some people can make us cat lovers feel very silly for the love we have for them, but Tom didn’t.

 

He makes all animals seem special and makes us animal lovers feel good about the way we care for our pets.  I couldn’t say enough good things about him and I hope that apart from being nominated, that he wins this time.

 
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LEITRIM

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Paula Bergeson, Quinn Veterinary,  Gortfadda, Mohill, Co Leitrim

Tel

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

My dog is an old dog.  Over the past 5 years, he has had to make a number of visits to the vet, from the serious ( a 4 hour operation for replacement of a curciate ligament) to the medium (treatment of glass in the pads) to the ordinary (teeth cleaning and extracting).

 

In every case, the care, skill, attention and interest in the wellbeing of my dog – including advice on preventative care, important in a dog of this age, has been quite simply, exemplary and a credit to the veterinary profession.

 

The whole team and especially the vet, Paula, are excellent and the dog actually enjoys going there !!  The fact that the is still bounding about at 21 years is due to them.

 

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LIMERICK

 

Veterinarian nominated:

John O’Dwyer, John O’Dwyer Veterinary, 22 Henry Street, Limerick  Tel 061-314203

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

Based on the year that my pet dogs (2) and I have had, from a low of animal health breakdown, to a high of realised best veterinary response, including sympathetic interest, I feel it only fair to nominate the veterinary practice concerned, John O’Dwyer, Henry Street, Limerick, for the 2006 Veterinary Pet Care Awards.

 

As my dog Eile has been the primary beneficiary of the attention and care provided by team John O’Dwyer, I thought it would be more complete with a statement of her own perceptions, hereunder, as intimated to and expressed by me – under strict canine supervision – of course.

 

Although each member of team John O’Dwyer is more than entitled to stand alone for the highest recognition, it is the cohesion of its talents, personal and professional, that produces a veterinary service of sustained clinical and compassionate excellence from reception through care and aftercare that in turn, for me and for Eile, of course as can be seen from her thoughts, places the John O’Dwyer’s practice as a whole to the forefront of pet carers in general, award deserving or not; I am not without experience of other carers, good and well, fair, in my time.

 

PS Eile cannot decide whether to get well or stay ill under five star treatment !!  I know, I’m worried too.

 

Please see attached for Eile’s story:-

 

My name is Eile – I’m 3 and a half.  I’m a Kerry Blue – one of my parents is unknown but I like to think I’ve a bit of a wheaten terrier in me !!   I’m a very good looking and bold (naughty !) dog.

 

My owner found me when I was 3 months old.  She pulled my head out of a bag of chips outside Claire’s Accessories in Cruise’s Street in Limerick on the 7th March, three or so years ago.  I had a sore eye.  She tried to carry me for a while but then we got a taxi to the vets.  I think I must have done well staying in her house with the other dog for the weekend because I’m still there !!

 

The other dog is my best pal – Charlie.   I give her a hard time though.  I push her out of the way when we get treats and I hung out of her whiskers when I was in situ only a few weeks, when I still had my milk teeth.  If I was to sit down for long enough and analyse my behaviour, I’d say I’m insecure, in case I will be thrown away again but I don’t dwell on that because we have so much fun.

 

But I think Olive (my carer) thinks I’m trying to be top dog.  Anyway between the spats that Charlie and I have, we get on great.  We get loads of walks, we have loads of toys and sometimes in the summer, Olive brings new plants for us to play with in the garden.  I like to help with the grass cutting, barking and grabbing the wheel to show Olive where the lawnmower should go.  Charlie prefers the vacuuming – she deals with positioning of the equipment indoors !!

 

We have lovely kennels that we go to when Olive takes a break without us, we visit all our friends and we have toys and treats in all their houses.  We get holidays in Kerry down by the sea, running for stones and I used to run with the horses being exercised there.  We usually go beach combing, Charlie goes for wood and stringy seaweed, I go for the animal carcasses that have been left on the beach.  I hide my scent and track other dogs there !  We get to go on drives to the forest – that’s great fun coz I roll in everything and I used to chase swallows- I’d pretend I was a cheetah and run forever. I had so much energy then.

 

Around last November I started feeling funny.  My nose changed.  It started irritating me and I started scratching.  After Olive came home from a weekend away, she wasn’t too happy with me coz I had started scratching it so much it was angry and tended to bleed.  My ears were at me too and Olive thought she had missed an ear infection.  I was quite moody too, more than usual and snapping at Charlie more often.

 

She took me to see John (oh he’s lovely), I couldn’t help but wag my tail (I still can’t).  He checked me over very thoroughly and said I had Lupus.  I felt quite honoured when he said that and tried to stand taller !  I love all the attention and I got some tablets to take, so I had a great time.   Olive got a shock though and to this day I’m still shocking her.

 

I had to go to Dublin to the veterinary hospital for a biopsy in March when the tablets weren’t working on me.  Seemingly John was very disappointed because they worked well on other dogs with Lupus.  It must be because I’m special.  I had to spend 2 nights away from Charlie that trip.  I’m not used to being without her – we do everything together.  But I had to be brave because Olive was upset and I was going to be without her as well.  After that John put me on new tablets – jeese they are great.  I’m a happy dog now and my nose isn’t so irritable either.  I have a cream as well that is rubbed into my ears 3 times a day, but my ears get very hot, even with the ointment.

 

I feel well most of the time, but my body isn’t what it was.  My muscles seem to be disappearing.  The muscles on my head have gone and my leg muscles are reducing.  If I don’t mind saying so, I’m still a very good looking dog, just a little more quirky !!  I find it very tiring standing on my back legs now to see what is on the kitchen counter.  I have leg tremors and take siestas more often now.   On a good day, I break into a trot and get great praise from Olive; I mostly work within my limits now, still when I hear the car keys jangle, my heart skips a beat and wonder where me and Charlie are off to today.

 

I visit John, Jodie and Rebecca very regularly because with the lupus, my condition goes up and down.  Like the time at home during the summer, that me and Charlie got up to mischief one afternoon and got at the recycling bag and I ate some plastic.  I really didn’t feel well after that and tried with all my might to pass it – one way or another.  It was in me for about 2 days and when Olive came home she found the plastic that I had coughed up, and then I passed blood when I was having a motion, she rushed me straight in to see John.  She was so worried about me, I think she thought it was part of the lupus but you see I’m so hungry all the time now, I will eat anything.   (Like the time when I caught and ate some birds….but that’s another story).

 

John checked me thoroughly and said that my glands were alarmingly swollen on my neck and very tender.  So it was a bad infection and/or colitis or the glands were something else altogether that neither me nor Olive wanted to contemplate.   He gave me some very strong tablets for 10 days along with my usual 8.   I was getting so much attention that evening.  It was great.  I really frightened everyone with that episode.

 

At this time, I had noticed that we left with John’s after hours number – I got the impression that night that any one of them would don a super hero’s suit at a moments notice and fly to my aid….The bleeding stopped after that so it seemed to have been an infection.  My mood has also improved since that time, and with some dietary adjustment, recommended by John, my colitis thing isn’t so bad now.  ( No super hero suits needed just yet !!).

 

I have been taking the steroids since April this year but because the summer we have had has been particularly warm and sunny, I’m on quite a high dose still.  The dosage has gone up and down depending on how the lupus behaves.  Olive keeps us in the house now while it’s sunny, because it’s so much cooler indoors and John recommended that she keep my coat clipped short so as not to irritate me further.  We get walked early in the morning before Olive goes to work and then again in the evening when the sun has gone down.  We get checked on at lunch time for a pee break and everything is tidied away so that I can’t get at anything until I have adult supervision, lest we have a repeat of the plastic incident mentioned earlier.

 

I can’t tell you what a warm feeling I get when Olive takes me in to see the lads.   Jodie or Rebecca are my first welcome, always very professional and so upbeat and positive; they always find time to chat with Olive and play with me whilst busy. And then there’s John (oh he’s lovely) he is so dedicated too and thorough with all the animals that visit the clinic, as are the girls, they all give us as much time as we feel we need and nothing is too small to bother them with.  I think Olive gets great strength and support from them and is very much guided by them as well, so besides being animal carers, they also provide a much needed counselling service for our humans.  To me, it seems to be an all round, even holistic approach to me and my carer.

 

I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to support the nomination of the John O’Dwyer team for the 2006 veterinary pet care awards, because no matter how many times I can lick them, it doesn’t show them how much I appreciate the time and care they have taken with me since I got sick.  All dogs and that includes me, take things in our stride and as it comes, and I know that however this lupus thing develops in me, I have the best carers in the world in my veterinary team.  I know they will do their very best by me (and its because I love all the attention they give me !).

 

Lots of love and licks

Eile

Age 3 and a half, nearly 4.

 

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MAYO

 

Veterinary nurse nominated:

Elisha Fahy, Hanaghan Veterinary Hospital, Main Street, Ballyvary, Co. Mayo

Tel 094 92 89007

Reason for Nomination:

 

Elisha has been the most helpful person since I got my dog.I have been very unlucky since day 1 with Sarson and Elisha has been there every time to help me out.

 

When he was only 10 weeks old he was bitten by another dog and needed stitches to which Elisha attended. Since that day Elisha has treated Sarson as if he was her own and I would’nt have been able to cope without her.

 

Because Sarson is a white dog he is suffering from severe allergies and had to undergo months of tests, biopsies and treatments and Elisha has talked me through every step of the way.

 

Only three months ago Sarson was referred to a specialist in Dublin and because I had no means of transport Elisha switched days off work and brought both of us to the appointment. Sarson underwent more tests which took 5 hours and Elisha was more than happy to wait with us and bring us home safely.

 

Since then Sarson has been diagnosed and is having treatment.He is a much healthier and happier dog and all thanks to Elisha.

 

Elisha is a Veterinary Nurse above and beyond the call of duty and deserves to be recognised for the superb work she does and the wonderful person she is

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MEATH

 

Veterinary Practice Nominated

Duleek Veterinary Hospital, 27 Ashbourne Road, Duleek, Co. Meath – contact Seamus Dardis
Tel 041-9882881

Reason for Nomination:

 

The Irish Seal Sanctuary occupies a leased site in Garristown, Co Fingal, staffed entirely by volunteers, working entirely off public subscriptions until the new National Marine Conservation and Education Centre (our joint project with Fingal County Council) is opened in 2008.

 

Critical to our success and international reputation is our veterinary panel and support and underpinning this, these last two seasons is the Duleek Veterinary Hospital.

 

This young couple, themselves busy trying to establish their practice, always find time out to respond to the needs of our animal volunteers (gratis), applying Donegal Vet; Frank Mulreany’s (r.i.p.) old maxim ‘wildlife don’t pay’.

 

Very often these calls are in the twilight hours following full moons, tidal surges and storm conditions and they show up cheerfully and sleepily, when it would be all too easy to leave the phone off the hook!

 

The ISS Animal Handlers and volunteers are particularly grateful to Seamus and Vanessa, not just for their support in emergencies with animals, but for the many free consultations and invaluable advice (which constitutes training in effect), personal support and donations of useful gear. Apart from seals and more seals, the ‘sanctuary’ name attracts other orphans and refugees of the wild and domestic animal worlds and so they additionally end up treating or supporting feral cats, dumped kittens, and occasional exotics.

 

To support a sanctuary you need an open account (which is bottomless and never paid!) and more importantly an open heart.

 

The ISS is very lucky to have Seamus and Vanessa and the Duleek Veterinary Hospital, as neighbours, so don’t sell the house or move, this is our way of saying thank you!

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ROSCOMMON

 

Veterinary Practice nominated

All Creatures Veterinary, Lanesboro Street, Roscommon – contact Catherine or James

Tel  090- 66 26898

Reason for Nomination:

 

Both Catherine and James are committed to best practice in pet care. They are sensitive and caring in all their dealings with our pets.

 

Last year we nominated Catherine for her outstanding kindness and professionalism in treating our beloved dog with every possible comfort in her last days. This year We have no hesitation in repeating the nomination.

 

We decided that as well as nominating Catherine for a second time, we should also mention James who regularly visits our donkeys when he is in the area to check their feet and their general health.

 

Elvis was an abused donkey and he has a great fear of the farrier who found it impossible to trim his hooves. James administers a mild sedative to Elvis and takes great time and care to soothe him before trimming his hooves. His gentle approach has really helped the donkey to trust humans again and now he feels much more secure and happy to have his treatment.

 

Madge our very old donkey now suffers the odd abcess  and James is always available to come out to treat her with equal kindness and concern.
We really feel that all our animals are in the very best hands in the care of Catherine and James.

 

Their Practice clinic is bright and cheerful and very modern. Their approach is calm and friendly at all times and their skills as pet vets are the best in the world. None of our pets fear the vets, they love visiting the All Creatures clinic and shop!

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TIPPERARY

 

Veterinary Practice nominated:

Southview Veterinary Hospital, Irishtown, Clonmel, Co Tipperary – contact vet Alan Ahearn

Tel 052-21429 / 21712

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

To: Stronghold Veterinary Pet Care Awards,

I wish to nominate vet Alan Ahearn for individual vet.  In June of this year, our beloved Scottish terrier (Chevy) aged ten years was ill for just one day.  I took him to Alan thinking he had an upset tummy.  Alan said he felt it was more serious and did some tests and scans, which unfortunately showed a tumour.

 

Chevy had surgery next day.  The cancer was rampant and he had to be put to sleep.  My husband and I were devastated at the loss of a much loved pet and also valuable show dog.  Chevy had the titles of Irish and International Champion.  Alan was so kind and compassionate to us at that difficult time.

 

A few weeks after Chevy’s death Clyde, our westie, the same age as Chevy and reared with him, awoke one morning in what appeared to be a lot of pain.  I took him without delay to Southview clinic where I met Kevin, another vet.  It was a Sunday and it was no problem for him to see Clyde.  He diagnosed a slipped disc and gave him an injection which sorted him out that day.

 

However the same story the next day, he was in a lot of pain.  I returned to the practice  where we met Alan.  He kept Clyde for some hours to do scans and x rays.  The little fellow could hardly walk.  Alan met me at the surgery every day for a week to inject the dog and treat him and he got him right.  Today Clyde is perfect.

 

Alan is such a kind, considerate and professional vet.  I could not speak highly enough about him and his team at Southview who are always available with their time, care and advice, well and above the call of duty.  We pet owners of Clonmel are so lucky to have Alan and his team.

 

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Veterinary Practice nominated:

Southview Veterinary Hospital, Irishtown, Clonmel, Co Tipperary – contact Sarah Jane Weissenbach

Tel 052-21429 / 21712

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

Sarah-Jane will try and help people anytime she can.  She is an extremely nice, pleasant person who is easy going and hardworking at the same time.   She spends her free minutes during the day in the kennel room, keeping the animals company.

 

On first meeting Sarah Jane, her warm, trusting personality ensures your pet is in good hands.  Her love for animals extends past her usual working hours.  She recently became a surrogate mother to four abandoned puppies.   Sarah Jane had to bottle feed these puppies every two hours, even during the night, even though she suffered many sleepness nights, she was still her usual pleasant self.

 

AS the puppies got older, she began the tedious task of finding good, loving homes for the puppies.  As usual, she succeeded and the four pups have since gone to new homes.

 

My own dog Patch broke her leg and yet again Sarah Jane made sure Patch got the best treatment and care possible.

 

I think Sarah Jane definitely deserves this award because she gives one hundren percent to her job, she gives her spare time to help animals as wel land wherever possible she will do what ever she can to help you and your pet.

 

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Veterinary Practice nominated:

Southview Veterinary Hospital, Irishtown, Clonmel, Co Tipperary – contact vet Alan Ahearn

Tel 052-21429 / 21712

 

Reason for Nomination:

I wish to nominate Dr Alan Ahearne and his excellent team of vets who saved my dog’s life in April this year.

 

I got my dog Blackie (Labrador cross) four years ago from a lady who had taken her in after she had been abandoned on a road side.  Nobody knows for sure how old Blackie is, but Blackie is roughly about 12 – 13 years of age.

 

Blackie has always been healthy until recently.  Christmas 2005 Blackie started to have problems.  One infection after another and then in April 2006 Blackie got really sick.  I thought that I was going to lose her.  Her symptoms started out with her passing blood in her urine and then going incontinent.  I really thought she was going to die.  Alan was getting very concerned for Blackie.  Alan informed me that x rays would need to be done and straight away.  The x rays were done, but because of Blackie being overweight it was very hard to tell what was going on.  Dr Alan informed me that he would have to operate on Blackie to see what was going on.  He suspected cancer.  I was very nervous and anxious.  Alan did say that it may be cancer.  But we would take one step at a time.

 

Myself and my husband Johnny brought Blackie in for her operation in April ’06.  I thought that this would be the last time I would see my Blackie and was worried sick.  I went to work as normal but couldn’t get much work done that day.  We got the phone call at 1.00pm that day to say that all went well.  Alan told us that Blackie had bladder stones and that the operation was a complete success.  We were thrilled that Blackie would be okay.  Blackie’s symptoms subsided immediately.  Blackie was back to her old self again.

 

Alan and his team of vets and assistants were amazing with Blackie.  We were informed and involved in every step of the way with Blackie’s illness and recovery.  Alan and his team really care about animals and would know most of their animal’s names.  We were allowed access to Blackie while recovering from her operation.  This was very important to us and Blackie.  For Blackie it meant that she was not going to be abandoned again.

 

I also have another dog called Zakariah (alsation cross), a very nervous dog who we got from the local dog pound 9 years ago.  Alan has great empathy with animals and their owners.  He spends quality time with both and takes time to explain treatment every step of the way with the owners.  He has no problem giving out his mobile number and is available 24/ 7.

 

I feel that Alan and his team of vets (Kevin, James and Sarah) all deserve credit for all they do.  I think here in Clonmel that if you ask any pet owner where they bring their pets for treatment, they would say Southview Veterinary Clinic, Irishtown, Clonmel.

 

I truly believe that if it were not for Alan’s experience and his ability with Blackie, she would not be here today.  Alan did not give up on her and I believed him.  Alan knows how much a pet means to its owner and does everything possible to help them.     I hope that you will look upon this favourably.

 

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Veterinary Practice nominated:

Southview Veterinary Hospital, Irishtown, Clonmel, Co Tipperary – contact Sarah

Tel 052-21429 / 21712
Reason for Nomination:

 

Since I have started going to Southview I have found all the team to be very helpful, considerate and very caring towards animals.  They all seem to genuinely love animals……

 

Earlier in the summer, Garbo walked into the kitchen with a badly broken leg.  We had no idea how it had happened but presumed she must have been hit by a car.  Even though it was just after surgery hours and I live 8 miles from Clonmel, when I rang and explaned what had happened I was told to come right in with the cat.

 

Sarah, one of the vets, had stayed on to examine Garbo.  Sarah explained that it was a bad fracture and that the leg would probably have to be amputated.  Garbo was kept in overnight and the next day one of the other vets, whose name I have forgotten, rang me to explain exactly what kind of injury Garbo had and how it was not possible to do anything other than amputate the leg.

 

We were due to go away on holidays the following day, but when we rang during the week to enquire about Garbo, if a vet wasn’t available to speak to us when we rang, they called back as soon as possible.  We had no doubt but that Garbo was being well looked after.

 

She has since made a full recovery and is getting about very well on just three legs.  It has not stopped her catching mice!  Patch was very well looked after when I had to bring him in for x-ray after he ran under my car.  And Garbo and Groucho got the best of attention when they were being neutered and getting routine vaccinations.

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Veterinarian nominated:

Jer Clancy, Suirside Veterinary Clinic, Carrick on Suir, Co. Tipperary

Tel 051-641644

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

Dear Sir or Madam,

 

I breed, rear and show Irish wolfhounds which are a specialist breed and belong in the large breed category.  In addition to this, they can have a very short life span, the average being eight years old and sometimes even less.  There are some who live to ten and some reports of even sixteen years, but those ages would be the exception rather than the normal.

 

I nominate my vet, Mr. Ger Clancy, for the award, the reasons being as follows:

 

Care.

 

Always delivered to a very high professional standard accompanied with a courteous welcome and smile.   Although the waiting room can be full, he takes the time to listen and he would never by anxious to hurry you out.

 

He will discuss the treatment of the hound and why it is necessary, he will also make sure that you fully understand that treatment’s success rate and whether further treatment may have to follow, he will leave the final decision to us.

 

Professionally, he is always ready to refer the hound on to other professionals if he is of the opinion that he has done as much as he can.

 

When we have had very sick hounds he is always there in the background ready with his advice and support no matter what time of the day or night, even though he may have seen that hound but a few short hours ago.  The telephone reply is always the same, ah sure bring him/her down I will take a look anyway.

 

When difficult decisions have to be made he will guide and steer you in a very sympathetic and compassionate way as to what is best for the hound, he is also aware of the owner’s feelings.

 

Humour is always in plentiful supply when a visit to his clinic is necessary.  There is always a story to tell about some fella or queer one after he has dealt with his patient.

 

When sitting in the clinic waiting room and speaking to other people, I am sometimes amazed at some of the distances that they have travelled to see him.

 

I have every confidence and trust in my vet.

 

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WATERFORD

 

Veterinary Practice nominated:

City Vets, Matties Hill, Waterford City – contact Nuala   Tel 051 371155

Reason for Nomination:

 

Because of the exceptional care they gave my elderly Great Dane, Lizzie. She wasn’t well so I took her to Nuala who was the vet on call that weekend. Nuala checked her over but couldn’t find anything wrong.

 

I was sure Lizzie was very ill and even though Nuala could find no evidence of illness and probably thought I was a crackpot, she was kind and understanding. She agreed to keep Liz overnight. She rang later that night to say Liz was fine and should be home in the morning.

 

On Sunday morning, Nuala could see that Lizzie was a very sick dog and ran a series of tests, keeping me up to date all the time. In the end, Lizzie needed surgery to remove a piece of rubber that she swallowed and had lodged in her intestine.

 

An elderly Great Dane is not a good candidate for surgery and Nuala, in common with her collegues in this practice, showed great skill, but more than this, she showed genuine compassion for an ill old dog and her tearful owner.

 

In the following days, which were touch and go for Liz, Nuala and all the team were amazing in the care they gave Lizzie and the patience they employed with all the anxious members of Lizzie’s family. Lizzie has now made a full recovery.

This is just the most recent time I’ve had cause to be grateful to the team at City Vets.

Nuala,William, David, Sheila, Sharon and the rest of the crew truly deserve to be recognised for the tireless work they do each and every day.

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Veterinary Practice nominated

Riverside Veterinary, Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford – contact Pat Morrissey

Tel 058-44476

Reason for Nomination:

 

Last November, our dog Triggs became very ill. We thought he was going to die……

 

We heard about Riverside through a friend of ours & phoned Pat late one evening. He said bring Triggs to see him straight away which he did. Pat did a few tests & phoned us the next morning to say Triggs had cancer. He explained it would be very difficult but he felt there was a chance to save Triggs by neutering him & removing the cancerous cells.

 

The operation was performed the next day & Trigss stayed in the hospital for a week. Twice a day every day we got a call to tell us how he was doing. We went to see Triggs after 10 days & we were allowed bring him home. It was a long recouperation & unfortunately all did not go as planned.

 

Triggs was having trouble passing urine so again 1 evening we phoned Pat. He met us after-hours in the practice & said Triggs needed another major operation. Pat performed a urethroscopy, which is basically making a new permanent opening through which Triggs would pass urine. This was an extremely delicate operation & again required 10 days in hospital.

 

Thanks to Pat & Dónal & Helen, Triggs pulled through & is alive & healthy. We live 30 miles from Dungaravan but go there for all our petcare needs, purely because of the caring & expert service we always receive. Even when Triggs was brought in for grooming last month, he recognised where he was going & had an extra spring in his step. As soon as we walked in the door he was over to say hello to Helen at the front desk.

 

Once we were inside Dónal spotted us straight away, knew we were Triggs’ owners, asked how he was & went to say hello to him. Nearly 8 months later, Triggs & the vets are still great friends & look out for each other. I cannot praise all in the practice highly enough, all I can say is I trust them to take care of Triggs – I can give no greater appreciation.

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WEXFORD

 

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Richard Bramley, Gubbins & O’Shea Veterinary, Distillery Road, Wexford

Tel 053-9145755

Reason for Nomination:

 

Outstanding care, kindness, consideration both for animal and owner. It is comforting to know that your vet really cares about the animal and this is certainly the case with Richard Bramley.

 

Having attended other practises in the past with my older dog I was amazed at the care my dogs received when I went to richard for the first time. He also will telephone after treatment to enquire about their progress. My only regret is we as humans do not receive this sort of care when ill.

 

One dog I have has been rescued from a puppy farm and was in a bad way when I got her.Only for the loving care and attention she received from Richard and his team she would not have made it. Many times I was not even charged for the visit as her medication was so expensive.The care and concern that is shown to the animals is amazing.

 

My mother’s old dog recently had to be put to sleep by Richard and being aware of how deeply upset she was by this he wrote her a note a few days later to see how she was. That is what I would call going beyond the call of duty.

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Veterinarian nominated:

Richard Bramley, Gubbins & O’Shea Veterinary, Distillery Road, Wexford

Tel 053-9145755
Reason for Nomination:

 

Richard Bramley is an outstanding vet and also the perfect gentleman.  He has treated Snowy for over two years.  I could not be happier with the high standards of care that my dog receives.

 

Rcichard is always willing to answer any questions that I might have regarding my dog’s treatment. He puts both dog and owner a their ease.  I feel totally involved in every aspect of Snowy’s care.  Richard will educate me on whatever it is I need to know to understand and care for my pet.

 

Richard is a man of his mind and will always return a call and do exactly what he says he will.  He is the most fantastic vet I have ever known and I’m so lucky to have him treat my pet Snowy.

 

If the doctors were even half as efficient as Richard, we would be an awful lot better.  Please acknowledge Richard for his dedication and professionalism and his amazing ability to care so deeply about animals and give them the very best treatment.

 

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Veterinary Practice nominated:

Gubbins & O’Shea Veterinary, Distillery Road, Wexford – vets Dan Gubbins & Richard Bramley

Tel 053-9145755
Reason for Nomination:

 

One of our 3 dogs, Sam – shepherd x g. shepherd, has been unwell 2 or 3 times since we got him 5 years ago.  We had only had him for about 5 days, when he got a severe viral infection and almost died.    But thanks to the care and attention of Dan Gubbins, he returned to full health.

 

Dan even brought him home to care for him while he convalessed and Sam developed a fondness for chicken and lasagne.

 

Sam also suffers from dermatitis and this year had a severe attack.  Richard helped to return his skin and coat to great condition and is always on hand to give advice and assurance.

 

Our smaller dog – Ronnie (jack Russell) had to attend the surgery in 2005 for an aural haematoma to remove a lump from his ear.

 

Richard again helped us and he performed the operation and helped with the post op care.  The staff at this surgery are excellent, thorough in their examinations.  Always reassuring and aware of the owner’s concerns and emotions.      The surgery is always clean and the service provided is second to none.

 

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Veterinarian nominated:

Liam Walsh,  Fernwood, Bree, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford    Tel 053-9247603

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

Liam is a great vet.  He has such a great way with animals.  He has looked after  our dog Ryker and is so gentle with him.

 

He has a great knowledge of animals and gave us advice about Ryker.  He was wild as a wolf and we had him neutered on Liam’s advice and the result of the operation was great.

 

He and his assistant Linda have kept him up to date with vaccinations and even electronically tagged Ryker for us.

 

He has a way with the children who really do own the dog and they can be anxious about their pet but he puts them at ease by explaining what’s happening.

 

We think he is just great.

 

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Veterinarian nominated:

Liam Walsh,  Fernwood, Bree, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford    Tel 053-9247603

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

I have been attending Liam for many many years now and I have found him most caring  with my dogs and puppies.

 

I could ring him anytime, day or night, without any hesitation.  When one of my dogs are feeling off colour, I take him or her over to Liam.  Liam would take the dog, talk and stroke the dog before he examines him or her.  He builds up a friendship with the animal and that to me is a person who cares.

 

I recently had one of my cavalier king charles bitches over with Liam.  He had to carry out a caesarean section on her during the night.  He delivered eight beautiful puppies.  Mother and puppies did very well after her experience.  No after care was needed which was a bonus.

 

I breed different types of small dogs so I am in touch with Liam quite a bit during the year.  If I need information, advice, Liam is always more than helpful.  In my opinion, I couldn’t have asked for a better vet to look after me and my precious pets.

 

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Veterinarian nominated:

Liam Walsh,  Fernwood, Bree, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford    Tel 053-9247603

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

Liam Walsh has been doing the veterinary work for my dairy herd for over 15 years and in that time I have found him to be very gentle and caring when treating animals and when it comes to family pets there is none better.

 

Recently Liam treated my dog’s damaged leg in the afternoon and he rang me late that night to see how he was doing and called around the next day to see him without even being asked.

 

He is a very caring and professional vet who is very concerned about animal welfare and does not like to see animals of any kind being mistreated.

 

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Veterinarian nominated:

Liam Walsh,  Fernwood, Bree, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford    Tel 053-9247603

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

I would like to nominate my vet because of his gentle, professional and caring manner and also for his interest in bringing on the next generation of vets !   I did a year of work experience with Liam.  He was highly informative yet never condescending.

 

All of my many questions regarding animal health and ailments were answered patiently. I got great hands on experience and now have my mind made firmly up on my chosen career path.

 

One thing that stands out about Liam is his ability to get on well with his clients, whether it is a dairy farmer or a dog breeder.  Even when dealing with boisterous cattle his manner or voice is never rough, epitomising firm but kind !

 

Liam has treated our animals’ various ailments – my little red setter bitch Saoirse got a stalk of a sunflower through her neck and soft palate.  We brought her to Liam straight away.  However no amount of antibiotics could stop the infection in her neck.

 

Liam was consistenly conscientious and did everything to relieve the poor dog.  She ended up having her neck operated on and the infection cleared up.  She is now a picture of health, running around with her doggy friends !

 

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Veterinarian nominated:

Natasha Nowacki, Moyne Veterinary, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

Tel 087-2211017

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

Natasha works very hard. She is always in good form.

 

My dog had mange and she cured him.  He was only a stray and had mange, she convinced me last year to give him a chance.  He was on his last day and if he was not homed that day, he was to be put down, but she convinced me to give him a home.

 

He had mange and she cured him and now he never has an itch or a scratch.  Every time the dog meets Natasha, he is overjoyed to see her.  She is a true credit to the veterinary profession.

 

Last year, she rescued a wolf [hybrid] single handedly from a river at 10 o clock at night in the dark.  He was tied to a concrete block and she was the vet on call and saved him by wading into a flooded river in the dark of winter, risking her life as the water was dangerous and the wolf would have been mad.  She brought him back to her…..and fed him and brought him back to her office and cleaned him up and fed him.

 

She also found him a home with the help of fellow vets at the Moyne Vets, Enniscorthy and through the help of the Enniscorthy SPCA……

 

She is always waiting to helpf animals.  She is constantly trying to find homes for dogs, cats and even goats.  She works with all animals and is very good at treating them all.

 

She is always aware of pain in animals and always gives pain killers to ease the suffering of animals after surgery or when they are sick.

 

I hope she wins this competition as she cares for all animals, has a huge love for dogs and does her best at all times to take good care of animals.

 

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Veterinarian nominated:

Annette Quegan, The Pet Vet, Kerlogue Business Park Wexford & Ring Road, New Ross

Tel: 053- 9126523

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

Where do you start !?!   How many people can you phone day or night ?  When you’re worried, concerned or maybe just being paranoid perhaps ! (we’re all guilty of it !!!).

 

The Pet Vet – that’s who !  I’m the proud and often confused owner of four mad, but very wonderful dogs.  The trials and tribulations that we’ve been through are so numerous that even I wonder how we survived them all.

 

Squashed by cows, caught in gates, mites, cysts, neuterings, jabs, dental work, on and on it goes.  But you know no matter what, how trivial, how daft or indeed how serious the problem, Annette is there.  Always. To help, calm you down or just listen to you, and often thank God, have a good laugh with too !

 

Nobody deserves this award more than Annette.  Once you have experienced that care and professionalism that radiates from her and her staff, you would never look elsewhere.  Always there, always concerned and always compassionate.  She’s definitely The Pet Vet.

 

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Veterinarian nominated:

Annette Quegan, The Pet Vet, Kerlogue Business Park Wexford & Ring Road, New Ross

Tel: 053- 9126523

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

Since I returned 10 years ago, my wife and I have travelled widely in Europe and experienced living in England, Ireland, France, Italy and Germany.  As we have always been accompanied by at least one dog, and usually two dogs, we have encountered a lot of vets in different countries.  Of them all, Annette Quegan is the best.  And Ireland is the best country.  Which is why we are coming to live here.

 

Figgie, our oldest dog, a 12 year old Gordon setter/collie cross has been suffering the effects of old age.  No longer can he chase up and down the Apennines or race along a Normandy beach.  When he came to Ireland he could barely walk.  I had to lift him in and out of the car.

 

I had forgotton to bring his prescription medicine from France, so I went to Annette Quegan to ask if she could supply it.  After examining Figgie thoroughly, she asked if she could try a different treatment.

 

Now he runs, he jumps in and out of the car.  His coat is once again shiny and smooth.  His fading eyes are bright.  He is like a dog several years younger.  Yes it was the medicine she recommended, but the point is that she recommended them.  She trotted him around the car park.  She knelt down and petted him.  She showed real and concerned rapport and she gave him back the joy of living.

 

Plenty of other vets have been consulted but it was her care, her professional knowledge that rejuvenated him.  And that’s what it’s about, isn’t it ?

 

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Veterinarian nominated:

Annette Quegan, The Pet Vet, Kerlogue Business Park Wexford & Ring Road, New Ross

Tel: 053- 9126523

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

On Sun January 15th Billy was very quiet.  Unusually quiet.  We went for a drive and when we came home, Billy had his face to the wall and was listless.

 

I knew he was very sick.  It was 8.45 on a Sunday night.  I hated ringing Annette on her day off as she has so few.  She met me in the surgery in 10 minutes.  I knew by the look on her face it was very serious.  Billy had been poisoned (rat poison).

 

I just started crying.  Annette said the next 24 hours were crucial.  I didn’t want to leave him on his own.  Annette looked at me as if I was mad.  She said “Billy is coming home with me.”  I didn’t sleep a wink. At 5am Annette sent a text to say Billy was still with her.  Her little daughter had slept in the sitting room with  him so he would not be lonely.

 

At 7am Annette rang, Billy had responded.  She kept him with her 24 hours a day for 4 days.  With careful monitoring Billy survived and plenty of TLC from her kids.

 

As you can imagine, Billy loves his visits to Annette and her team of girls.

 

My eldest son bought a cocker last year and travels to New Ross from Waterford to Annette.   My cat Lil has HIV and thanks to Annette she is drug free and a very lively cat.

 

What a lovely lady Annette is, always in good form and I feel safe knowing she is always at the end of a phone.

 

She deserves the highest honour can be bestowed.  It would take pages to tell you all Annette has done for me in the past.  I wish her the very best of luck.

 

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Veterinarian nominated:

Annette Quegan, The Pet Vet, Kerlogue Business Park Wexford & Ring Road, New Ross

Tel: 053- 9126523
Reason for Nomination:

 

I have been going to Annette’s practise for several years and have found her to be unfailingly professional, kind, courteous and helpful – the same can be said for her staff, Brid, Eibhlis and Emma.

 

Annette is very patient and always takes the time to explain any problem that one of our cats is having at any given time, which helps us look after our pets all the better.
About 10 months ago my cat Pooky developed a urinary infection, and became very sick over a period of weeks. He was put on various tablets but did not improve, and Annette decided to operate. I feared the worst, especially when she said that a further operation may be necessary, and that the outlook wasn’t good.

 

Because travelling was traumatic for the cat, Annette kept him at the practise and in the evenings took him back to her own house, to keep an eye on him. This went on for weeks, until one night she decided to operate for a second time, and didn’t finish until the early hours of the morning.

 

It was a success, Pooky has gone from strength to strength and is back dropping dead mice on my pillow in the middle of the night! I remain eternally grateful to Annette and her dedication to her profession,she is vet of the year for me, each year, without question.

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WICKLOW

 

Veterinarian nominated:

Bairbre O’Malley, Kilmaintain Place, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Reason for Nomination:

 

Veterinary team – Over the course of the past year and a half I have had the pleasure of dealing with the staff at Ms O’Malley’s practice.

 

In August 2005 my soon to be husband and myself found a 9 week old terrier cross pup abandoned on the road.  We took her in and brought to the practice the very next day where she was treated as if she was our own.  Even though she was not at that stage our dog I had Bairbre give her her injections and after waiting the 2 weeks to see if anyone claimed her we had her chipped.

Over the next few months Penney was in great health and that Christmas we received a Christmas card for her from the Vets.

Unlike all the other nominiations we have been lucky that Penney has (touch wood) escaped with only the odd visit due to an emergency.  When I knew that Penney was off colour and sick I took her to Bairbre and Penney was put on antibiotics.

When we had Penney neutered the practice when fantastic as Penney is quite strange in that she will not eat for other people but only for those that she knows.  Penney made a fantastic recovery.

When Penney ate a basket in our garden we had to rush her to the Vets Hospital at UCD Bairbre knew about it on our next visit.

When Penney had to have a tooth removed the team where great with her.

When she has her injections they always give her little treats or gifts so that she feels at home.

They are all so wonderful with all the animals that they see that I feel that they should be nominated for the award.

When my nephew’s dog who was then a pup was visiting and got sick the team dealt with it as if Sandy was one of their regular dogs.  Sandy made a full recovery.

When our pet canary (Splat) was in need of treatment they where great.  Eventually he died of old age.

When we found an injured hedgehog and brought her there for treatment they only charged for the medication and not the treatment.
They really are a bunch of stars.
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Veterinarian nominated:

Alan Rossiter, Blacklion Pet Hospital, Greystones, Co. Wicklow  Tel 01- 2875283

 

Reason for Nomination:

 

I would like to nominate my vet at Blacklion Pet Hospital for his most caring and professional treatment to my dog.

 

I was the owner of a beautiful Samyod, his name was Bengie and we had a great 5 – 6 years together.  He then became ill and my vet discovered he was suffering from diabetes.  I had to inject him twice daily and make regular visits to Blacklion Hospital.

 

My vet and his team had a great love for this dog.  One day, late September 2005, I found that Bengie was not at all well.  I brought him down to the hospital. Alan my vet kept him in and made him comfortable and tried so hard to save him.  He stayed with him well into the night and phoned me next morning to say he wished to God he could do something to save this poor dog, but Bengie is not responding to treatment and after 3 days Bengie died.

 

I was heartbroken.  I had lost my best friend.  Alan and his team were wonderful to me and he told me he would take care of Bengie. He came to my home later that evening and helped dig the grave.  He then wrapped Bengie in his blanket and buried him.

 

I could never have got through all this alone if it hadn’t been for Alan and his team.  He is a wonderful vet, such kindness and understanding, I have never known.  He is a great vet.

 

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